UN Assures Kogi State of Technical Expertise to Help Manage Future Flood Disaster

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The United Nations has assured of technical expertise that will help manage future flood disaster in Kogi State.

The United Nations Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos, stated this while on a working visit to flood affected states in Nigeria.

The UN Under Secretary General described the flood that devastated nine Local Government Areas in the state last year as unfortunate, said her visit is to seek ways of granting technical assistance to the state to help rebuild lives and damaged infrastructures.

Ms Amos described water as life but said the 2012 flood was a threat, occasioned by the impact of climate change.

The flood disaster the UN envoy noted calls for better ways for the UN to improve early warning preparation and response to future flood disasters.

The UN Secretary General assured of partnership with the Federal and State Government to bring differences in the lives of the people whose lively hood were badly affected by the flood.

The Technical expertise to be provided by the UN the Under Secretary disclosed will include building and managing displaced persons camp for future floods.

Earlier in his speech, Kogi State Governor Capt Idris Wada, who was represented by his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi, described last years flood that ravaged the state as devastating,affected farmlands,infrastructures and destroyed houses and businesses.

The Governor disclosed that several intervention measures has been made to partly mitigate the effect of last year’s flood on the lives of the people and in the rebuilding of infrastructures,appealed for support from the UN as the damaged done the state he noted was overwhelming.

Highlights of the visit by the UN envoy was the interaction with people affected by last year’s flood and visit to some places and infrastructures damaged by the flood.

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