Flood disaster: Adamawa State Assembly constitutes committee

Flood in Jimeta, Yola
Flood in Jimeta, Yola
Flood in Jimeta, Yola

The Adamawa State House of Assembly urged the Federal Government to clear out issues with the Cameroonian authority so as to stop the recurring flood in Adamawa state.

The Adamawa State House of Assembly has constituted a committee to ensure adequate attention is given to displaced residents from the floods that affected many communities in the state.

The communities were ravaged by flood when water was released from Laddo Dam in Cameroon. Some communities in Adamawa share borders with the Central African country.

The state assembly, during its deliberations on the matter, on Monday, urged members of the National Assembly from the state to take up the matter.

They noted that the disaster claimed many lives and property in seven local government areas of the state.

In his contribution, Sadiq Ibrahim (PDP-Fufore/Gurin) said that his constituency was the most hit because it shares borders with Cameroon.

“In some villages like Wuro-Bokki, dead bodies of human beings and animals were sighted floating in the river.

“Since 1982 when Cameroon constructed this dam, the destruction of lives and farmland from water being released from the dam has been a recurring phenomenon,” Mr. Ibrahim said

The lawmaker urged the Federal Government to intervene and take up the matter with the Cameroonian authorities.

Also speaking, Kwamoti Laori, (PDP-Numan) said that nine out of ten wards in his constituency have been affected by the flood.

“Houses and farmlands were affected. I don’t know how people affected are going to survive,” Mr. Laori lamented.

Michael Zidon (PDP- Lamurde) said that two wards in his constituency were submerged.

“The people are taking refuge in a primary school which is under threat from the flood,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa Government has summoned the acting chairmen of the affected local government areas for an emergency meeting.

The affected local governments are Yola North, Yola South, Girei, Fufore, Numan, Lamurde, and Demsa.

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