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Adamawa govt Voice out and beg FG over Yola flood

The deputy governor of Adamawa State, Chief Crowther Seth, called for federal government intervention on perennial floods in the communities of the metropolitan capital, Yola.

A repeat of Thursday’s floods destroyed buildings, household items, businesses, and other valuable belongings, and claimed lives, which a state government agency confirmed is seven.

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The vice governor, on a visit to some of the affected communities, said the losses were high and that the state government could not bear them only with the people affected, nor solve the ecological problems behind the perennial floods.

He said: “Adamawa state government cannot do it alone. We have the problem of internally displaced persons. We have the theme of Boko Haram and pastors and farmers. So, we can’t do it alone. We call on the Federal Government to come to our aid as soon as possible. ”

For its part, the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), which said Friday that about five children lost their lives from the flood, said Saturday that the number had increased to seven.

The agency’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Suleiman, said in an update to our correspondent: “Now I can determine that seven people died. Yes, the authoritative figure is seven. ”

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However, he said he still could not declare material losses in terms of naira, but that the losses would be enormous.

Thursday’s flooding affected communities primarily in the local government area of ​​northern Yola and, to a lesser extent, in southern Yola, including cities such as Wurojabe, where a particular family home collapsed and running water claimed to two children; and Jambutu, where merchants lost hundreds of bags of grain in a famous grain market.

The flood caused similar losses in Bachure, Kofare, Damilu, and Yolde Pate, and some residents still count their losses or exchange some damages, such as extending their cushions, mattresses and other items to dry for reuse.