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Three buildings collapse in Kogi



Three buildings have collapsed as flood ravaged parts of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Commissioner for Environment, Sanusi Yahaya, while confirming this in Lokoja , said that persistent downpour of the past few days led to the floods.

He said that the water level in River Niger had been increasing in the past two weeks and that the water had reached 9.48 metres even as houses along the River Niger bank in Lokoja had been ravaged by floods, and occupants evacuated to safety.

He said that no life was lost but that three houses, including a two-storey building have been submerged in Lokoja, while a bridge was also washed away in Igalamela Local Government Area.

He directed those living along the river bank and flood paths, to relocate immediately to avoid being washed away.

He called on the stakeholder, including the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Red Cross, Navy, civil defence, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), among others, to brace up and join hands with the state government to confront foreseeable disaster.