Flood in Cross River displaces 4, 000, destroys 900 farms

Flood in Cross River displaces 4, 000, destroys 900 farms

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At least 4, 000 persons have been sacked from their homes with about 900 farms destroyed, following a persistent rainfall in the past three weeks in Cross River State, The Guardian  reports

The flood has destroyed farms which grew rice, cassava, yams, vegetables, cocoa and palms. Over 1,200 houses were also flooded leading to the displacement of four thousand persons who are currently squatting with neighbours, friends and relatives.

The incident, according to a release issued by the Assistant Director with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr. David Akate, occurred in some communities in Ogoja, Obudu, Yala, Ikom, Etung, Boki, Abi and Biase Local Government Areas.

Assessing the disaster, the Director General, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, John Inaku, said the disaster was as a result of climate change, as predicted by NIMET some months ago.

He said that he was satisfied with the resilience of the affected communities in mitigating the disaster attributing it to adequate publicity and sensitization by his agency.
Mr Inaku said that Government is employing its lean resources to ensure that the victims were provided with relief materials to cushion the effect of the disaster.

The Director-General urged the farmers to exercise patience, as government was taking pragmatic steps and mobilising stakeholders to intervene in the disaster.

He, however, advised that caution should be taken by farmers carrying out emergency harvesting of the flooded crops to avoid drowning, while those in flooded homes should evacuate to higher grounds without delay.

 

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