Buhari orders emergency response as flooding sacks 100,000 in Benue

Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has received with great concern reports of the flooding in Benue State, Aso Rock said in a statement on Thursday evening.

Early estimates indicate the disaster has affected thousands of homes and displaced more than 100,000 persons in 12 local government areas.

“Consequently, the President has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilize personnel and resources to come to the aid of the victims of the flooding.

“The President is closely monitoring the situation, and will be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the Federal Government’s humanitarian response.

“The President extends his sympathies to the Government and people of Benue State, and assures that the Federal Government will make available any assistance needed to enable the State Government and the affected communities cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding,” the statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said.