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BENUE FLOOD: With over 100,000 displaced, Buhari orders immediate intervention

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In response to the devastating flood in Benue State that has so far led to the displacement of more than one hundred thousand people in twelve local government areas, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately mobilise personnel and resources to come to the aid of the victims.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists on Thursday.

Shehu said the President was closely monitoring the situation and would be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the Federal Government’s humanitarian response.

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The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has received with great concern reports of the flooding in Benue State, which, according to early estimates, 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 to immediately mobilise 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.”

 

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