More than 1,000 Kogi flood victims take refuge in Edo
October 07, 2012 21:20
Illushi (Edo), Oct. 8, 2012 (NAN) More than 1,000 victims of flooding in Kogi have taken refuge in Illushi, Esan South East Local Government Area of Edo.
The victims have since converted the Illushi Market into their temporary camp.
The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who was in the area, reported that the victims were using polythene and other materials to carve out temporary homes at the market.
One of the victims, Mr. Nelson Arome, told NAN that most of them were from Omabu community in Oyedega Local Government Area of Kogi.
He said Illushi, though equally affected by flood, was ``a paradise when compared with our native community in Kogi''.
Arome said the Omabu community had been totally submerged, adding:``We have lost houses, lives stock, farms and property to the disaster.''
He described their experience as harrowing and appealed to relevant government agencies and individuals to provide assistance to them.
Arome said the refugees were facing harsh conditions, as there was scarcity of water, food and mattresses at the camp. (NAN)