Buhari directs emergency response to Benue flooding

Abuja, Sept. 1, 2017 (TNE) : 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 of the flooding in Benue.

The President gave the directive in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Thursday.

Benue Radio Station, Wurukum Market and several other communities were submerged by the heavy downpour in the state.

At least 100,000 persons were also displaced across the 13 local government areas of the state as a result of the calamity.

However, President Buhari, who expressed great concern over the unfortunate incident in the state, said he would continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure compliance with his directives on the incident.

According to him, he will also be receiving regular updates on the scale of the disaster, as well as the Federal Government’s humanitarian response. He assured that the Federal Government would make available any assistance needed to enable the state government and the affected communities to cope with and surmount the impact of the flooding.

The President extended his sympathies to the Government and people of the state. (TNE)

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