Destructive floods ravaged swathes of communities in Kogi State as the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo pledged the assistance of the Federal Government to the affected victims.
The Vice-President made the pledge on Monday while on a visit to the St.Luke’s Internally Displaced Persons’ Camp in Koton-Karfe.
He said, “I have already done some preliminary assessment; some relief materials have been sent and there is a need for more and we will ensure that more relief materials are sent.
“We should be able to accommodate our people, to be as comfortable as possible, despite the terrible circumstances of this flooding”.
Osinbajo who toured the affected areas in the company of the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, pleaded with the people to accommodate one another.
“We moved around and we have taken a look at many of the flood sites and it is very clear that a lot of damage has been done to farmlands and to houses.
“For those, it is the intention of the Federal Government, working with the state government, to offer some rehabilitation and some comfort in whatever way possible to those who have lost their farmlands and those who have lost their homes.
“Land and property are under water and after this period when the water recedes, that is really when the hard work begins because those who have lost farmlands need to be restored somehow and need to be compensated.
“I hope that in the next few weeks, we would be able to return people not just to their farmlands but also to their homes,” the Vice-President added.
A report by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Monday said about 441,251 people had been affected by floods in about 50 local government areas in the country.
The agency said this in a situation report on the flooding which it said had left 141,369 people internally displaced.
It said about 192 people sustained injuries as a result of the flood with a total of 108 lives lost to the disaster.
The spokesman for NEMA, Sanni Datti, said about 13,031 houses have been destroyed as a result of the flood while 122,653 hectares of agricultural land have been damaged.
A breakdown of the 441,251 people affected by the flood showed that Kogi State suffered the highest, with 118,199 people affected.