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Benue: Flood kills man, submerges 37 communities in Agatu

A middle aged man, identified as Peter Otowo, a resident of Obagaji, in Agatu Local Government Area in Benue State, has drowned in the river following the flood that wrecked havoc in the area.

A native of the local government, Mr. John Ikwulono told New Telegraph that the deceased was said to have gone to check his farm which was flooded when he met his untimely death.

The flood also submerged schools, power installations and rice farms in 37 communities in the local government.

The diasater rendered hundreds of residents homeless and they have now taken refuge along the Guto-Oweto highway in the state.

The flood occurred as a result of an overflow of the River Benue, which could not contain the release of excess water from the Lagdo Dam from the neighboring Republic of Cameroon.

Residents of Utugolugu, one of the communities worse hit, lamented in an interview that they have been victims of flooding since 2012.

The floods hit the communities while the people of Agatu, one of the worst-hit areas in the state from the many years of herdsmen attacks, were still in the recovery process. During a visit to some of the affected areas, New Telegraph saw a submerged transformer.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.