Flood Submerges Houses In Jigawa, Adamawa
Flood triggered by days of incessant rainfall has damaged roads and submerged houses in Guri-Dolanzugo roads in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa State and Adamawa.
The roads, according to Alhaji Sanusi Doro, the area’s information officer, are critical for the transportation of rice, sesame, watermelon and onions to the markets.
Doro, in a statement on Saturday in Guri, said that the damage had cut off residents of Adyani and Dolanzugo from Guri town, the local government headquarters.
The statement also said that the flood had submerged 400 houses in Guri town, forcing residents to take shelter in schools.
“Hundreds of people displaced by the flood are now taking shelter in Senior Arabic Secondary School and Nurulhuda Arabic School, both in Guri,” he said.
The information officer listed other towns threatened by flood in the area to include Musari, Gaduwa, Abunabo, Zoriyo, Margadu, and Dagana.
On efforts to manage the disaster, he said that the Acting Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Umaru Dodo, had distributed 50,000 sacks to residents in flood-prone areas to erect sand-bag embankments.
Doro commended the state government for providing blankets, mosquito nets, and food items to those displaced.
Meanwhile,the Adamawa State capital, Yola, was completely submerged as cars were seen floating and thousands of houses and properties destroyed and submerged by the flood which was caused by a heavy down pour which lasted for six hours.
Reacting on the incident, the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has described the flood as a mini-tsunami which was unfortunate at this time when state was still battling with humanitarian crises caused by Boko Haram insurgency.
Governor Fintiri spoke through his Director General, Media and Communications, Mr. Solomon Kumangar, shortly after visiting the aftected areas.
He said the situation was a hopeless one and needed quick intervention from government and others saying that for now they were yet to ascertain number of lives involved.
Kumangar further explained that the flood was caused by the heavy down pour which lasted for several hours and human activities through blocking of waterways and drainages.
The DG said areas affected in state capital were Shagari, Jambutu, Bature, Shangere, State Locus, and Bakinkogi, adding that he saw cars floating and thousands of houses submerged.