Flood Ravages Lokoja Metropolis, Takes Over Lokoja-Abuja Highway. See Photos
It’s been a period of difficulty for residents of Lokoja metropolis as flood water has taken over a substantial area of the town. As at the time of this report, areas like Gadumo, Adankolo and Ganaja have been completely submerged in water. Houses around these areas, including the prestigious Confluence Beach Hotel, along Ganaja Road in completely in water.
The situation however assumed a dangerous dimension when a part of the Lokoja-Abuja high way, a gateway between the north and south was overtaken by water.
Already, Travellers plying the Ajaokuta highway to the east have to take the Okene route as the road has been blocked by water.
Commenting on the situation on the Lokoja-Abuja highway, Head of Oeration of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Kogi Sector of Command, Mr Isaac Martins, confirmed that the section of the road at Banda village was flooded.
Martins said on telephone that FRSC officials had been dispatched to the spot to control traffic.
He said the flood had slowed down vehicular movement but added that the commission was in control of the situation.
Apart from the Abuja-Lokoja highway, other major roads affected were Ganaja and Ajaokuta roads.
Vehicles going to the southern part of the country had difficulties going through the road to Ajaokuta and Okene from the North.
The flood submerged some transformers and other PHCN installations in Lokoja and Ajaokuta, thereby throwing the two towns into darkness. (NAN)
Meanwhile, a temporary relief camp for those affected by the flood has been set up by the State Governor, Capt Idris Wada at St Luke’s Primary School, Adankolo.
The camp, according to the governor yesterday, is to cater for displaced persons affected by the flood at Adankolo,Gadumo,Ganaja and Sarikinoma communities in Lokoja.
In a statement, the governor said funds have been released to the State Emergency and Management Agency (SEMA) to assist in providing food stuff, beddings, mosquito nets as well as other relief materials for those displaced by the flood.
Governor Wada expressed sadness over the plight of those affected by the disaster, saying he would do everything possible to cushion the effect on them. The government assured the people that efforts are being made in conjunction with the Federal Government to address the problem.
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