The recent flooding in Benue State, Nigeria is as worrisome as the pictures depict. According to reports from various news agencies, more than 110,000 persons in 24 communities, including Makurdi, have been displaced by a flood in Benue state.
The Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. Boniface Ortese, who disclosed this on Wednesday said that over 2,769 households were also affected. He explained that places affected included Achusa, Idye, Wurukum Market, Genabe, Industrial Layout, Demekpe, Wadata Market, Katungu, behind the Civil Service Commission, Agboughul-Wadata among others in Makurdi.
The Benue State Government has opened two camps, the empty International Market and the Presidential Building at Agan Toll Gate, for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state pending when the water level would subside.
Mr. Boniface Ortese said that the government is doing everything within its little resources to assist flood victims in the state and Governor Samuel Ortom explained that his administration would do everything possible to provide minimum comfort to all displaced persons who are in camps while urging the Federal Government to come to their aid as soon as possible.
The level of the flood water is increasing, more houses are being submerged and more people are being displaced. A lot needs to be done for the victims of this flooding and it behoves on all of us to come together, especially during this season of sharing and giving, and do that. There are foundations and NGOs that are accepting contributions and taking those contributions to the camp. You can contact some of them and donate clothes, food, clean water, money, and more. The victims of the flood need all our love and support right now.
We have put together a list of some of the organizations and individuals who are accepting donations for, and on behalf of, the victims of the Makurdi flood.
- Tee A Comedian – @teeacomedian_ (Instagram)
- Omojuwa Foundation – omojuwafoundation.com
- National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) – nema.gov.ng
- Benue State Emergency Management Agency( Benue SEMA) – Governor’s Office, Makurdi, Benue State.
- LEADBenue – +2348076267728, +234806887584
- Angel 4 Life Foundation – www.angel4lifefoundation.org, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, contact any of these individuals and agencies to support the victims of the flood. Every effort, no matter how little, will go a long way. Have a lovely holiday weekend.