120 houses destroyed as flood wreaks havoc in Benue

Over six hours of torrential rain yesterday left several parts of Makurdi at the Benue State capital with no fewer than 120 houses submerged in the flood. Also lost to the downpour, which started around 1am, were property, household and other valuables items worth millions of naira.

It was gathered that areas badly affected by the flood included Demekpe, parts of Gyado Villa, Wurukum, Idye village, Achusa and Mobile Police Barracks on Naka Road and Wadata. When our correspondent visited some of the affected areas, many residents were seen salvaging their property and valuables from their flooded homes.

At Demekpe, one of the victims, John Teghtegh,said he lost most of his valuables and important documents to the flood. “My family and I were sleeping and when I woke up in the middle of the night about 2:30 a.m., the water was already entering into my house.

We knew we were in for trouble when the rain became torrential and was not showing any signs of stopping. “As at 3 to 4am., it was as if the heaven would come down and the entire surrounding was like River Benue and we started battling to save my five children from being swept away, while most of our property and valuables had already gone under water,” Teghtegh said.

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