Just In: Flood Cuts Off The Residents Of Lokoja, Kogi

Just In: Flood Cuts Off The Residents Of Lokoja, Kogi

Residents of the Ganaja region of Lokoja, Kogi State, and motorists from other parts of the state and the eastern parts of the country will have to contend that they will soon be cut off by a ravaging flood.

Several houses around the village of Ganaja have been flooded with water rising to the roof level of the ground floor of some multi-story buildings.

The growth, which worsened with overnight rain, became more visible as of Tuesday, following the creeping overflow of the banks of the River Niger.

Torrential rains accompanied by thunder and lightning were recorded from about 11.45 pm on Wednesday and lasted well over two hours, felling a number of house fences around the Phase 1 area.

As at Thursday morning, portions of the Ganaja road had become impassable, owing to the steady rise in water level.

Vehicle owners, particularly those with business or office located after the Ganaja village roundabout and beyond resorted to trekking through the backwaters of the 500 Housing Units, to get to the destinations.

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Other establishments along the axis include the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (Prime FM), the Salem University in Jimgbe, and the privately-owned Prime Polytechnic, further down in Gidan Bassa.

Commercial tricyclists had a field day, charging as high as N200 for a ride that used to cost N50.

Several others expressed the fear that the worst may be yet to come, at the rate the water level keeps rising.

Motorists from the Kogi East and parts of Ajaokuta may have to contend with the unavailability of alternative routes or diversion, coming into the capital.

During the 2012 flooding that ravaged the state, the then Kogi State governor, Capt. Idris Wada graded a bypass through the 500 Housing Units, to address the situation.

The bypass, it would appear went into disuse shortly after.

Before the 2020 flood, the people living around the Ganaja village and motorists had to contend with making do with a single lane of the major road, owing to its dilapidated condition.

Elsewhere, in Koto-Karfe, Kogi LGA, an agriculture hub, several rice paddies and other farms have been submerged by flood and threatening to overrun the federal highway that connects the state to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

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