Immense submerge in Kogi leads to destruction of houses and revenue loss.
Many states in Nigeria presently suffer from a prevalent destruction of life and property, due to the intense flooding that has well affected millions of people across 35 states in the country. This flood, which has submerged houses, infrastructure, crops and livestock, has disrupted the regular flow of events around the affected areas, internally displacing numerous people who are now struggling to settle in makeshift camps. A national concern, this issue of flooding has been recorded as the worst in decades, affecting over 600,000 houses and N2.6 trillion lost in revenue. Reports thus points to the flood being caused by immense rainfall and the release of excess water from the Cameroonian dam.
Kogi being one of the states immensely ravaged by the flood, properties and lives, as well as state revenues have been lost. Speaking to some of the affected residents as at the period when the floodwater began to rise, Mr. Emos and his wife averred that they were in an evident dilemma as regards leaving behind their land which they relied on for food. They noted that the experience of stepping into the flood was a traumatic one. On the accrued loses due to this flood, Mr. Emos stated that his family had lost their farmland with over 5 hectares worth of land and numerous other investments of about N500,000.
Farmlands, houses and over 90 health facilities submerged in Kogi.
The devastating effects of this flood have also affected the health status quo of most people in these affected areas. In Kogi State, most residents are striving to survive, as their farmlands, houses, and over 90 health facilities have been submerged. Numerous Kogi residents have had to reside temporarily at a seminary in the Idah area of Kogi State which houses about 178 displaced people. Another victim of the flood, John, talking about the effect of the flood stated that his wife also had a miscarriage.
On the vulnerability of this flood, numerous villages in the state have been reported to be submerged with displaced individuals in temporary facilities and primary/secondary schools being used as IDP camps. Another Mrs. Abubakar pointed that she and her family had been left with no choice but to reside in a school since their properties were submerged. She noted that they all depended on the government and its collaboration with the World Health Organization, who had been supporting them with water and medication supply. In turn, Mrs. Abubakar stated that everyone at the camp had been obeying the Infectious Prevention Control (IPC) measures like regular washing, bathing and sweeping.
Kogi State Government working to ensure a reduced impact of the flood.
In appreciation of the immense contribution of WHO, Mr. John who is now the IDP Coordinator at Idah stated that WHO has helped in the facilitation of health awareness as regards personal hygiene and sanitation. The Kogi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Usman Zakari whilst assessing the enormity of the effect of the flood, stated that the flood had caused immense havoc, compared to the 2012 flood situation. He also appreciated the efforts of UN and WHO agencies and other contributing stakeholders for their efforts in mitigating the huge submerging effects.
Dr. Usman further disclosed that the State Government was working vigorously with partners including WHO to ensure a reduction of the impact of the flood on health services by making provisions for healthcare services at every temporary settlement in the state. WHO had also helped with the provision of leadership and coordination in the collection of baseline data as regards the number of healthcare facilities affected by the flood. Health kits are also being provided for victims of physical, emotional and psychological stress.
WHO also distribute non-food relief materials to help flood victims.
In Kogi State, WHO was said to have also distributed non-food relief materials which included hygiene and mosquito nets, 90 international emergency health kits which is estimated to treat 900,000 people against communicable diseases within three months. Dr. Sebastian Okwu, the WHO State Coordinator noted that the Rapid Response Team had been engaged with emergency responses like WASH and Data management with 10 mobile health teams being deployed to this temporary refuge. Also, management support teams had also been put in place to provide the expertise, skills and strength needed for the emergency response system.
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Presently, heavy flooding has harmed millions of people throughout 35 states in Nigeria, causing widespread damage of life and property in many areas.
The impact of the flood in kogi had been so disastrous and devastating the people are truly suffering and thanks to WHO for coming to the rescue of the people by assisting in order to provide health facilities in every area where the destruction happened.
WHO has aided in the collecting of baseline data on the number of healthcare facilities affected by the flood by providing leadership and coordination.
Management support teams were also established to equip the emergency response system with the necessary knowledge, abilities, and resources.
All these flooded states really need the help of the Federal government and other international agencies to solve this prevalent problem. I appreciate the WHO for their swift response to Kogi and other flooded states.
So far, the report on flood submerging houses and ravaging peoples properties continues to increase. The victims of the flood have witnessed a devastating and traumatic moments in life. Right now what they need is intensive care and immense support of the government and other necessary organizations.
Many people have suffer a lot from the flood lose of life and property. Government should come in and help them they are in needs of help or any other organization that can help. Thanks to Who for coming in to help the people affect by the flood
I appreciate the efforts of UN and WHO agencies and other contributing stakeholders for their efforts in mitigating the huge submerging effects. Their efforts won’t go in vain.
World Health Organization (WHO) has been very helpful during these flooding period providing relieve materials both medical and non-medical. They deserve our kudos and thanks
The World Health Organization has been impactful in alleviating the worries of flood victims in Kogi state. WHO deserves our appreciation for their enormous contributions towards providing non-food relieve materials to mitigate against possible disease outbreak.
The severe flooding that has afflicted millions of people across the country’s 35 states has caused widespread damage of life and property in a number of the states in Nigeria, which are currently suffering from the aftermath of the disaster.
It is unfortunate that Kogi was one of the states that was severely affected by the flood, since it resulted in the loss of both lives and property as well as money for the state.
The terrible impacts of this flood have also had an impact on the general state of people’s health who live in the affected areas. The majority of people who live in Kogi State are fighting for their lives because the flooding has destroyed their homes, farmlands, and more than 90 medical facilities.
The fact that walking into the flood was so terrifying is unfortunate. Mr. Emos reported that his family’s farms of more than 5 hectares and various other investments were destroyed in the flood.
It has been reported that the WHO has also given non-food assistance goods such as hygiene kits, mosquito nets, and ninety international emergency health kits. It is anticipated that these will treat 900,000 individuals against communicable diseases during the next three months.
Flooding in Kogi has had a severe effect on the local population, and the people are grateful to WHO for helping to rebuild health care facilities in all of the affected areas.
The flood caused significant hardship for a great number of people, including the loss of life and property. They are in a position where assistance is required, and the government or any other group that can be of assistance should step in to provide it. We are grateful to Who for coming to assist those who have been impacted by the disaster.
So far kogi state has 600,000 houses and N2.6 trillion lost in revenue with so many people been affected by mitigate disease. This is too bad, government should help and look for a way to control this flood. If is to build new dam, this country can’t be suffering same problem of flood without solution. Government need to build dam
One of the states that was severely affected by the flood was Kogi, which resulted in the loss of lives, homes, and state funds. Since their homes, farms, and more than 90 medical institutions have all been inundated, the majority of inhabitants are fighting for their lives.
The contribution of WHO is appreciated, as it is much needed in a time like this. This flood has interrupted the normal flow of events surrounding the afflicted areas, internally displacing a large number of people who are now attempting to settle in temporary camps.