Adamawa floods displace 33 thousand from 571 households- official

Lives and property were lost in the floods that wreaked havoc on Adamawa State.



Over four persons have died and a total of 33, 049 persons from 571 household displaced in the floods that ravaged Adamawa State recently.

Also, about 13, 372 livestock were lost as a result of the flood.

The Secretary of the state Emergency Relief Committee, Abubakar Mahmud, made this known on Thursday while briefing newsmen on the committee’s activities.

Mr. Mahmud said the accrued number represents the affected persons in the nine worst affected Local Governments along the river banks.

The Local Governments include Yola North, Yola South,  Demsa, Fufore, Numan, Lamorde, Girei, Shelleng and Guyuk.

He said the remaining 12 Local Government Areas of the state were not seriously affected and the figures of the affected persons are being compiled.

Mr. Mahmud also said that over 1000 hectares of farmland was affected  by the flood in the nine local governments, adding that the state government had expended over N500 million in assisting the flood victims across the state.

He said his committee would soon commence disbursing the N500 million released by the Federal Government after categorising the affected local governments.

Mr. Mahmud said the challenge the committee faces is that many of the affected persons have not been honest with the committee, citing an instance where a peasant farmer claimed that he lost 150 bags of grain.

Mr. Mahmud urged for patience and cooperation of the people to enable the committee to assist genuine victims.

Many communities were submerged in Adamawa following the recent release of excess water from Lagdo Dam in neighbouring Cameroon.


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