Floods from River Niger have submerged over 70 communities and displaced over 50,000 people in their houses in different parts of Kogi State.
Residents of the communities who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria in Lokoja says that the communities had been experiencing massive flooding in the last five days.
They told NAN on The one-day meeting which was organized by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, in partnership with the Kogi State Emergency Management Agency, KOSEMA.
One of the residents, Ibrahim Abdullahi, who is also the Desk Officer in charge of emergency matters in Kogi Local Government Council, said that 66 communities had been submerged by flood in the area.
Mr Abdullahi said that over 50,000 people had been forced to evacuate their houses and were now being accommodated in schools, filling stations and other makeshift buildings.
Governor Yahaya Bello who declared open at the meeting said that substantial amount of money had been released to purchase drugs, food, water and other relief materials for the victims.
Mr Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, also directed that 21,000 youths recently engaged under the Federal Governments public works programme be deployed to help in the rescue operation.
The NEMA Director in charge of training, Mr Mohammed Usman, said that incessant flooding had become a serious threat to the countrys efforts at becoming self-sufficient in food production.
He called on the state government to urgently take preventive measures to reduce the impact of the flood on people and the economy of the state.
He said that NEMA will also in line with the Federal Governments directive, assist the victims to find their feet and go back to farms as soon as possible.