FEAR GRIPS PLATEAU COMMUNITIES OVER FLOOD ALERT

Following a fresh alert of an impending flood  in certain parts of Plateau State,many communities are  now living in fear
It would be recalled that in July 2012, a flood disaster which ravaged some parts of the city of Jos including Anguwan  Rogo,Gangere and Rikkos killed at least  35 people while several others were rendered homeless
Also in  August of the same year,another flood which  occurred in six Local Government Areas of  the Southern Zone of the state  equally killed more than 35 people and washed away eight bridges including economic trees and farm lands.
It was gathered that fresh fear and anxiety among the people in the affected communities  heightened at the week end following a statement  issued by the Plateau state government  suggesting that some part of the state are soon to witness heavy flooding before the  2018 rainy season runs out
 According to the State Emergency Management Agency,in a statement by its  Director of Administration, Roselyn Dakwar ,the agency said reliable information at its disposal indicates that there are plans by the Cameroonian  Government to release excess water from its dams explaining that River Niger and Benue in Nigeria would consequently be flooded thus causing flooding similar to that recorded in 2012
The statement further noted that the large volume of water hitting the two main rivers is likely to cause over flow of other rivers that extend to other part of the country pointing out that   since the rivers also pass through some communities in Plateau State, citizens living around flood prone areas are advised to relocate to safeguard lives and property.
Some residents in the affected communities who spoke with JAY FM In Jos over the week end said they have been living in fear since government issued the flood alert, especially anytime it rained in their communities and called on the  government to do everything possible to avoid a repeat of the 2012 flood incident in the state which claimed many lives and property destroyed.

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