The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), has Sunday, distributed relief materials to 264 victims of floods in three local government areas under its jurisdiction in Plateau state.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Abubakar Yelwa, while making the presentation at Barkin Ladi LGC Secretariats, said 66 household were affected by the natural disaster.
Represented by Director of Planing, Research and Strategies, Mr. Emmanuel Bintex, Yelwa said the gesture was part of their mandate.
“It is in line with the core mandates of … the Hydro-electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, that this relief materials are distributed to the affected communities,” he said.
The state coordinator of HYPPADEC, Abubakar Tanko, said the flood did not only submerged houses, but had also destroyed farmlands in Bassa, Barkin Ladi and Bokkos LGAs, respectively.
“We hope the relief materials given out will help to alleviate the plight of the victims,” he said.
The Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (PLASEMA), Mr. Walman Simon, said so far 10 out the 17 LGAs of the state were affected by serious flooding.
He said while the State Government is doing everything possible to supports the victims, “it is also important for the people to also help in, clearing water ways to avoid further floods.”
He cautioned that heavy rain will continue till October, urging the people to be careful.
Our correspondent report that hundreds of mattresses, blankets, mosquito treated nets, bags of rice, mullet, maize, bathing soap, detergents as well as roofing zinks, were distributed to the victims.
One of the beneficiaries Mrs. Noro David, said while their houses and farmlands were washed off by the flood, they remain helpless, “until know that HYPADDEC has come to our aid.”
“We are grateful to the management and staff of the commission for considering us,” she said.