Flood Pursues 70 Villages In Adamawa

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Flood, which took place over the weekend, affected more than 70 communities in six Adamawa State local government areas.

The Adamawa / Taraba Head of Operation of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Abani Garki, who received an update on the flood on Monday afternoon, also declared the opening of five camps across affected areas for people displaced by the flood as part of the intervention measure.

Earlier on Sunday, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Abdullahi Sulaiman, was quoted as saying the flood affected 40 communities in five local government areas.

The ADSEMA boss had named Numan, Demsa, Girei, Fufure and Yola North as the affected LGAs.

On his part, the NEMA zonal head of operation Abani Garki, told DAILY POST that after further evaluation of the flood, it had been established that more than 70 communities were affected.

He mentioned Lamurde as additional LGA found to have been most ravaged by the flood.

ADSEMA Executive Secretary had attributed the course of the flood to three days of continuous rainfall, but this has been questioned by affected residents who said the flood was too sudden and devastating to have resulted from rainfall.

The residents argue, instead, that the authorities in Cameroon probably released water from the Lagdo dam in that country.

But Abani of NEMA, who spoke to our correspondent on phone Monday afternoon, said rainfall remained the most likely cause of the flood.

“No communication with the Lagdo Dam to the effect that water was released from there. Conversely, there was much rain over a couple of days around Adamawa, so from our evaluation so far, what occurred was rain flood,” he said.

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He added that five camps had been opened for the use of those displaced from their homes and relief materials provided for them to mitigate the effect of the flood for the affected.

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