January 27, 2023

Flood cuts off Community, destroys Farmlands and Houses in Plateau

Gurgur Community in Kanke local government area of Plateau State has been cut off from other communities in the state following a heavy down pour that washed away the only Community bridge linking the area with the district, local government headquarters and other communities.

Report has it that the flood also ravaged farmlands and houses, rendering many residents homeless.

One of the residents, Mr. Shwarji Haruna Becher who managed to move out of the community in a motorcycle, said he had to pull down some hills to maneuver by pushing his motorcycle to the district headquarters in Amper town.

“I just had to take the risk, but it was not ease for me. Many people have been trapped over there” he said.

Speaking with the Chairman of Kanke local government, Nde Emmanuel Lar, he said the council had inspected the level of damage caused by the flood and is making efforts for an emergency intervention with relief materials to the affected people in the community.

He however said, on the issue of the bridge, the council will submit report and request to the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA , for the intervention in that direction.

On the warnings earlier given by SEMA to the 7 local government areas in Plateau state to take precautionary measures and vacate flood prone areas which Kanke was among, the chairman said they embarked on sensitization by engaging community leaders but, “this is a natural disaster that only God can stop ” he said.

He call on the affected community to take precautionary measure as the rainy season is still on and assured the victims of the council ‘s effort to bring succour with relief materials.

It could be recalled that the Plateau State Emergency Management Agency had in last month warned of imminent floodings in some communities living in flood prone areas in seven Local government areas of Kanke, Pankshin, Barkin Ladi, Jos South, Jos North, Jos East and Mangu in the state.

Nde Emmanuel Lar, Chairman Kanke LGA
Bridge destroyed by the flood