Flood: Over 400 Persons Rendered Homeless In Kogi Community – DGMEF Says


A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Divine Great Minds Empowerment Foundation (DGMEF) has declared that over 400 residents of Okume community in the Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi state are facing severe hardship as a result of floods that have rendered them homeless and subjecting them to excruciating hardships.

As a result of the untold hardship, DGMEF has tasked the Governor Yahaya Bello-led administration to as a matter of urgency and necessity, move quickly to help alleviate the difficulties being experienced by the people of Okume community whose houses, farmlands and businesses have been completely submerged as a result of the flood disaster.

Executive Director of DGMEF, Amb. Yakubu Abdulrazak, who made the appeal at Okume community while the Foundation was distributing food items to the habitants of the community displaced by the flood, stressed that the compassionate appeal has become necessary owing to the quantum of the damage inflicted on the community by the flood in which most the houses and farmland were completely submerged in water.

In the words of Abdulrazak; “Most of the affected victims in Okume community moved to the mountain as alternative shelter not minding the danger of wild animals that can easily harm them.

“In the next three months, the flood victims cannot return back to their houses as their houses are still in the middle of the water.

“The victims are finding it difficult to feed as their farmland and crops have been destroyed by the flood disaster. The food items we distributed to them are far from enough because of the numbers of people.

“That is why we are passionately appealing to the Kogi State government through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and spirited individuals and organizations to render assistance in the areas of provision of food items to the flood victims in Okume community to ease their sufferings,” Abdularazak appealed.

Governor Yahaya Bello

In his remarks, the youth chairman of the community, Bala Abdullahi said that the community sent a letter of assistance for relocation and provision of relief materials to state government through SEMA without getting any response and therefore stressed the urgent need for the government to come to their aid owing the severity of the damage done to the community.

Abdullahi said there was no way the people of the community that have been rendered completely homeless with nothing on them can be able to rebuild without the assistance of the government.

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