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Lokoja-Abuja expressway flood subsides – FRSC

*Normal traffic resumes

Nigerians travelling through the Lokoja-Abuja expressway which flood had made impassable on Thursday can now go by the route as the water level has subsided.

After a heavy downpour, the road became impassable.

This was noted largely at the NATACO area of the Kogi State capital. That axis of the ever busy road was completely taken over by the flood for long hours.

This flood situation forced the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to issue an advisory to motorists on the traffic situation on the expressway.

By Thursday evening, the Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, told journalists that the situation had been brought under control.

Kazeem said the water had subsided and that the situation had been normalised.

In a related development, officials of the Child Protection Network and the Benue State Emergency Management Agency (BSEMA), have said three persons died in the recent flooding in the state, while 110 000 survivors risked contracting diseases.

“There were three deaths, two adults and one child. At the Government approved IDP Camp, up to 4 families are reported to be accommodated in one room. This suggests the possible risk of an epidemic as some hospitals in affected locations are reported to have shut down due to the flood,” the agency noted.

The situation report by BSEMA on flooding in the state compared with that issued by Child Protection Network official, Nathaniel Awuapila, on Monday, and obtained by www.gongnews.net on Tuesday, revealed that 12 local governments are affected in the disaster.

“There is a strong likelihood of the situation is getting worse as we are only beginning to experience the peak of the rainy season. There is also the possibility of water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon being released.

The basis of this analysis is reconnaissance by professional civil society actors and statements by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency,” Mr. Awuapila said.

The network appealed for humanitarian assistance from the public to assist victims of the disaster adding that most victims had lost their life savings.

“Family livelihoods are at significant risk. Some families engaged in exclusive agricultural pursuits who are caught in the emergency have lost their crops, their houses having also been swept away. Some petty trading businesses have closed down, which suggests harder times for the affected families.

”Particularly vulnerable groups include nursing mothers, pregnant women, children 0-5 years, children with disabilities, children with ailments, and the elderly,” it said.

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