Flood Hits 141 Communities, Destroys 7,666 Houses In Adamawa

More than 141 communities were hit by the floods that swept through various parts of Adamawa in October, according to Dr. Muhammadu Sulaiman, Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, ADSEMA.

Sulaiman told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Yola that 7, 666 houses were destroyed by the disaster.

According to him, 101,929 farmlands in seven local government areas were also destroyed by the flood that affected 173,049 people.

He said that the floods resulted from the volume of water in River Benue, adding that those displaced had been camped in nine temporary Internally Displaced Persons camps.

“The temporary camps are located in Yola North, Yola South, Girei and Demsa Local Government Areas,” he said.
Sulaiman said that the flood destroyed about 60 per cent of rain feed crops in the affected areas, and expressed fear of possible hunger if urgent measures were not taken to avoid famine.

The executive secretary appealed to the federal government and other relevant humanitarian agencies to assist the affected communities with relief materials and dry season farming inputs.

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He said that the worst hit areas included Fufore, Yola South, Yola North, Girei, Demsa, Numan and Lamurde.

The District Head of Ribadu, Muhammadu Gidado, who also spoke with NAN, said that the flood affected farmers in all the 11 wards in his district.

Gidado, who is also the Chief of Fufore, said that he was disturbed by the level of destruction to farmlands in the district, saying that there was nothing left to feed their families.

“Farmers in the 11 wards lost everything to the flood.

“These farmers usually harvest between 100 and 500 bags of rice and between 500 and 1,000 bags maize yearly.
“Now, they cannot harvest 10 bags of any crop because of the flood.

“I fear possible famine if government does not intervene immediately,” he said.