Thousands of people who were displaced by the flood disaster in Shendam, Wase, Mikang, Kanam, Langtang North and Langtang South local government areas of Plateau state have received relief from the Federal government.
It was disclosed in a statement from the Public Relations Unit of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The relief was approved after an extensive assessment of the flood that devastated communities in six local government areas of the State at the weekend.
NEMA’s Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Mr Edward Maigida who led its team on behalf of the Director General in carrying out the relief distribution in all the affected council areas, was said to have also conveyed the sympathy of the Federal Government to the affected persons.
Mr Maigida was also reported to have said that the early warning alerts given about possible floods in some identified states including Plateau was real, therefore, communities living in the high risk areas should relocate temporarily to safer locations for avoidable losses of lives and property in the remaining period of the rain season.
In Shendam local government, the council chairman Mr Nicholas Kemi, who received the items on behalf of the affected persons, said about 65 communities were affected.
It would be recalled that the flood had resulted in the loss of at least 5 lives, submerged homes in many communities while the waters have washed away several bridges that link the local government areas.
According to the statement, the items distributed were assorted food materials including bags of rice, millets, grains and tea items. Others were treated with mosquito nets, blankets, clothings, mattresses, buckets, nylon mats, cups and spoons.
The Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) had recently alerted of likely high rain that could result in floods in some states including Lagos, Ogun, Delta, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa.