How flood wreaks havoc in Adamawa com­mu­ni­ties

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Kabiru R. An­war, Yola

The early morn­ing heavy rain on Thurs­day, last week, which lasted for three hours, sub­merged many com­mu­ni­ties in Yola, the Adamawa State cap­i­tal.

The rain caused cul­verts to over­flow and wreaked havoc in some com­mu­ni­ties in Yola North and Yola South lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas, which in­clude Yolde-Pate, WuroHausa, Sha­gari and Jam­butu.

Houses and streets were sub­merged, forc­ing mo­torists to aban­don their cars which floated on the flood water.

The flood, which some have at­trib­uted to poor en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, dis­rupted eco­nomic and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in the town,many streets and houses were af­fected, forc­ing many work­ers, busi­ness­men/women and stu­dents to re­main at home.

The res­i­dents of Yold­ePate were cut off from other neigh­bour­ing com­mu­ni­ties af­ter a link­ing bridge was sub­merged by the flood.

Some of the res­i­dents of the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties told Daily Trust that they had not wit­nessed such flood in their ar­eas in many decades.

A res­i­dent of Yolde-Pate, Ab­du­lAziz Yakubu, said, “I have not seen some­thing like this in years, par­tic­u­larly in the month of June as against Au­gust known as the peak of rain­fall in the state. Our prayer is that, may God in­ter­vene and save us from such down­pour that is dif­fi­cult to man­age.”

Abari Kiyana, an­other res­i­dent of Jam­butu who es­caped be­ing drowned in his house af­ter his room was flooded, said he suc­ceeded in swim­ming out of the house and saw his car and other be­long­ings float­ing on the water.

He said it ap­peared water from some of the set­tle­ments in the out­skirts found its way to the city de­spite con­struc­tion of new cul­vert net­works in the me­trop­o­lis.

He called on the state gov­ern­ment to look into the drainage sys­tem with a view to iden­ti­fy­ing how water can be routed to drain away from pop­u­lated ar­eas to the rivers and wet lands in the bush.

“More drainage sys­tems have been con­structed by the present ad­min­is­tra­tion, yet we ex­pe­ri­enced heavy flood, why? Gov­ern­ment should ad­dress the prob­lem,” he said.

Speak­ing on the de­vel­op­ment, the state Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion and Strat­egy, Ah­mad Sa­joh, said he was aware many set­tle­ments were af­fected, adding that the Deputy Gov­er­nor, En­gi­neer Martins Ba­bale, who is the chair­man of the Adamawa State Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (ADSEMA) was cur­rently on an as­sess­ment tour of the af­fected ar­eas.

“I am now with the deputy gov­er­nor who is chair­man of ADSEMA with other of­fi­cials go­ing round to as­sess the sit­u­a­tion for pos­si­ble steps to be taken,” Sa­joh said.

Mean­while, re­ports from other parts of the state in­di­cated that at least eight lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas which in­clude Nu­man, Demsa, Girei and Lamorde have been af­fected and prop­er­ties de­stroyed.

The state Deputy Gov­er­nor, Mathins Ba­bale, who vis­ited the sub­merged com­mu­ni­ties in Yola North/South in the heart of the state cap­i­tal, de­scribed the in­ci­dent as dev­as­tat­ing and called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to as­sist the vic­tims.

Some res­i­dents of Yolde-Pate ward in Yola South wad­ing through a flooded street.

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