It is no longer news that Kogi state qualifies to be declared a disaster zone owing to the devastating flood menace that has rendered thousands of households homeless. Nine out of twenty one local government areas of state are affected.
As if that was not enough four members of a Lokoja-based family who were sacked from their home by the flood have been involved in a gas explosion.
It was learnt that the incident happened on Wednesday at Adankolo, a suburb of Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.
After the flood drove them out, they secured temporary accommodation elsewhere within the community.
Unfortunately, after they moved into their new place as they were trying to use gas to cook, it suddenly exploded, affecting four of them with severe life-threatening burns which has left all of them in critical conditions.
The affected victims, according to our correspondent findings are Musa Aminat, Muhammed Musa, Abdulsalam Hadizat and Usman Halimat Sadiya.
Our correspondent in Lokoja, who visited the gas victims who are all admitted at the Federal Medical Center Lokoja, observed that they are all in a critical condition with bandages and plaster all over their bodies.
A family member, Godwin Wanbebe, who spoke to newsmen said the family have spent all they have on their treatment and still need more to offset bills incurred.
“At their new temporary abode after settling down, they decided to prepare something to eat and so they brought out their gas and lit it. The cylinder exploded immediately it came in contact with flame.
“The explosion of the gas has been attributed to the hurried way and manner with which they packed their belongings to avoid being taken over by water, probably the cylinder had somewhere it was leaking and that explained why it exploded.
“The family is calling on well-meaning citizens in the society to help save their lives. We, therefore, solicit the support of well meaning Kogites and Nigerians so as to offset bills incurred. Nothing is too big or small. God will bless you all as you come to their aid. You can send it to the following account:
Account Number: 1514039283