By G9ija

The Gombe State Governor, Mohammed Yahaya, on Friday said the flood currently ravaging parts of the country has affected two of the 11 local government areas in the state, leaving 3,200 families displaced.

Yahaya disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the problem affecting the two local government areas was caused by the flooding around the river banks of Gongola.

The governor said the situation was further worsened by the fact that the state is situated between valleys, poor practices and lack of proper environmental management.

He said the factors contributed to gully erosion in the state which necessitated seeking Federal Government’s support.

“Of recent, in two local government areas that are affected, we have about 3,200 families that have been dislocated. But we have been trying to provide alternatives.

“At the moment, we are designing layouts from which we will relocate all resettlements that are on flood plains and on gullies which are normally susceptible to floods,” the governor said.

He added that there were 200 active gullies in the state which had affected the lives and livelihoods of the people.

Yahaya added that the state was also weighed down by the responsibility of catering for internally displaced persons and people displaced from neighbouring states as a result of insurgency.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall lasting several hours in Ilawe Ekiti, the headquarters of the Ekiti South-West Local Government Area of Ekiti State, on Thursday evening, wreaked havoc on the community, leaving many people homeless and property worth millions of naira destroyed.

The accompanying flood, which also affected the palace of the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, who is the Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, destroyed residential buildings, business centres, places of worship, farms, vehicles and goods, as it left many streets in the town flooded, while rivers and streams were overflown.

Following the development, the Ekiti State Government, led by the Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, on Friday morning, visited the affected areas to assess the level of damage in the town.

Egbeyemi, who was accompanied by the Alawe, community leaders and officials of the State Emergency Management Agency, assured victims of assistance to mitigate the loss incurred in the disaster.