Some states in Nigeria have been flooded. But I'll focus on Benue, because it's my home.
River Benue was probably one of the only cool thing about growing up in Benue, i could say we had the famous river Benue when people tried to act like Benue was a lame state.
Whenever i go over the bridge, i stare at the water, looking all calm and harmless.
But today, it's a monster... It's been transformed to a raging destroyer.
Makurdi is flooded.
My mum says it's bad.
Thank God our home isn't anywhere near the flood, but it is uncomfortably too close to home, because homes of people i know have been drowned.
Familiar places have been covered up.
Homes have been destroyed, businesses have been ruined, and farmlands have been washed away. This is beyond punishment for those who wrongly built at the bank of the river, it's more than that. It's creeping in on those who respected the rules.
The cause? Have you ever heard of Lake Nyos in Cameroon?(google it to get more light on this) It sits on an active volcano, and it's supported by a natural dam which has weakened from erosion and landslides, meaning, the walls of the dam is about to collapse and when it does, the effect would be much worse than what we're experiencing. It's scary stuff. But i refuse to be scared, I want to believe that it'll get better and not worse.
|Hippopotamus:This was seen in a compound. People have seen crocs and snakes in the waters.|
And so i pray. Yeah, roll your eyes and mumble about getting all religious, but when you're helpless, all you can do is pray. And so i pray, because i feel helpless and I'm worried and i believe in the power of prayers.
The authorities expect it to get worse, especially if the wall collapses.
I refuse to dwell on the aftermath, the epidemic that is likely to follow.
I refuse to think of how incompetent our system is in such situations.
I refuse to think of how low the society is, when one of the temporal camps for the displaced people was invaded by armed robbers who were stupid enough to think the cash donation made to the camp was kept there. Thus people who lost homes, livelihoods and their dignity, a part of their lives to nature, had to deal with loosing their phones, and little valuables to heartless human beings.
I got the pictures from various websites and facebook pages. The pictures don't give a clear picture, it's worse than it looks. I'm going back in two weeks and I can't imagine what it'd look like.
Please pray for Benue and all the states affected by the floods (Taraba, Kogi, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Anambra and other Niger Delta states) and for wisdom to those in authority to handle this right.