Floods force Taraba children out of school

UMON COMMUNITY IN CROSS RIVER FLOODED

The floods have taken over schools in several communities in Taraba State.

Hundreds of primary school children have been forced out of school in several communities affected by flood in Taraba.

Children in Lau, Karim-Lamido, Ardo-Kola, Gassol, and Ibbi Local Government Areas could not attend school because the school buildings had either been been washed away or submerged.

A correspondent who visited some of the affected communities saw hundreds of children idling away at the various make-shift camps set up for displaced families.

A nine-year-old pupil, Amina Galadima, who was seen fetching firewood from a nearby-bush at a camp in Jigawan-Zip, said there is no hope of going back to school since the structures have been swept away by flood.

A community leader, who is now being sheltered at one of the camps, said parents are very concerned about their children and are not sure when the government would intervene.

Another elder, Uba Tukura of Kwata-Nanido village in Gassol, now taking refuge at the Jigawan-Jip camp, said their major concern was not only the loss of their farms to the floods but also what to do with the children.

He appealed for immediate government intervention, saying the people require urgent support in the area of food and medical supplies and provision of alternative schools and health centres.

The Chairmen of Ardo-Kola, Gassol and Lau Local Councils, all said that the flood is beyond the capacity of the councils. They appealed to the State Emergency Relief Agency, the National Emergency Management Agency, and individuals for support to the victims.