Flood renders 215 residents homeless in Jos

By Samuel Gabkwet, Jos 

At least, 215 persons have been rendered homeless in Jos, the Plateau state capital as a result of flooding that occured after a torrential rainfall on Tuesday. 

Over 100 residential houses and shops were allegedly washed away by the flood. 

Part of the state that is worst hit by the flood is Jos North local government, particularly Rikkos, Gangeri, as well as Yingi in Jos South LGA. 

Plateau state government confirmed the disaster though the executive secretary, Plateau state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) Alhaji Alhassan Barde yesterday in Jos. 

Barde said, “Over 215 persons are displaced in the state following the submerging of hundreds of residential buildings by flood caused after a heavy downpour in Jos the state capital on Tuesday. 

while receiving members of a Non Governmental Organisation NG0, Habiba Gazelle Foundation, led by its team leader Mrs Habiba Dione who visited the state to provide relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons IDPS taking refuge in the state.,

He said “We have carried out an on the spot assessment of the situation and I can you that it is bad “. 

He listed Rikkos and Gangere in Jos North LGA of the state as worst hit by the flood” 

He said the state government is on top of the situation” 

“We went to the Yingi area of Rayfield in Jos South LGA , the destruction too is much. 

 A temporary camp has been established for displaced persons at Rikkos Community Primary and Secondary schools” 

The state government is gearing up efforts to provide relief materials to the displaced people “. 

He advised those residing on flood prone areas to vacate as quickly as possible.

Barde said flood was caused by human activities and negligence. “

“The lack of proper drainage , indiscriminate disposal of waste , building on flood prone areas are some of the human activities responsible for flooding”. 

Leader of the group, Mrs Habiba Dione who also spoke at the occasion ,   vowed to reintegrate and provide  relief materials to three  Internally Displaced Persons IDPs camp in the state.

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