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NEMA provides relief to Benue flood victims

09 November 2015, 06:56Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - More than 32 000 victims of flooding in the Benue State have received a major boost after the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) delivered relief items to Governor Samuel Ortom for onward distribution.

Floods have devastated communities in nine Local Governments Areas.

Presenting the relief items to Ortom in Makurdi this past weekend, NEMA's Director of Relief and Rehabilitation, Eugene Udemezue Ezeh, said a joint assessment carried by NEMA and the Benue State Emergency Management Agency indicated that more than 32 000 persons were affected by the flood.

He also said that the relief items delivered were based on the identified needs of the affected persons and aimed at complimenting the supports of the Benue State Government to them.

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Ortom appreciated NEMA for the prompt response in coming to aid of the flood victims.

While assuring that the items would be distributed to the desired beneficiaries, he called on the Federal Government to urgently address the frequent occurrences of flood along the River Benue by constructing a buffer dam to collect excess water from Lagdo dam as well as fast track the dredging of the river.

The Governor immediately handed over the items to the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agenc , Boniface Otise, for distribution to the flood affected persons.

The items received consist of food and non-food items including rice, maize, building materials and bedding equipment. 

- CAJ News


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