A heavy rain has rendered homeless, hundreds of returnee displaced persons in Pella town, one of the towns in Adamawa State liberated from Boko Haram insurgents.
While it was still uncertain if deaths occurred, many mud-made homes were washed away by the flood caused by the rain that started at 8: 45 p.m Friday night.
In a telephone interview, an affected resident, Bello Sharfella, said while he doesn’t know if lives were lost, many houses were destroyed.
“For now I cannot exactly confirm to you whether there is loss of lives or not.
“But many houses were destroyed and washed away. I lost all my property, we are calling on government to come to our plight,” Mr. Sharfella pleaded.
Jibrilla Hassan, another resident who escaped death by the whisker, narrated his ordeal saying as the rain was ongoing, the walls of his aged mud house began to melt away and finally collapsed. He said he had to rescue his wife and four children through the window before collapse.
“Thanks be to God, we narrowly escaped death. When walls of my house just started melting and later collapsed minutes after I rescued my wife and children,” he said.
Yet another resident, simply identified as Maria, expressed shock over the development describing it as “a havoc beyond their control”.
Maria said these are “trying times” as they were still trying to gather pieces of their life in the insurgency menace and then the flood weighed in heavily on them.
Reacting to the development, District Head of Pella, Saleh Mamman, said the calamity ensued as a result of the abandoned Maiha-Pella road where construction of culverts were neglected by the project firm at the site.
Mr. Mamman said “naturally, if you block access road for water without alternative, then it (water) must create path for its self.
“We are therefore calling on Governor Muhammad Jibrilla Bindow to as a matter of utmost public importance come to their aid”.
“The government, deserter Emergency Management Agencies (NEMA and ADSEMA) including well to do Nigerians should assist us as houses and food stuff were badly destroyed by the rainfall,” the community leader further.