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Massive flash floods submerge Adamawa residential areas

Torrential rainfall that lasted many hours on Wednesday morning has caused massive flash floods across many areas in Yola and Jimeta, in the Adamawa State capital.

Check by our correspondent revealed that properties and househood items worth millions of naira have been destroyed by the rampaging flash flood leaving residents to lick their wounds.

As at the last count, no fewer than five areas of the metropolis were affected by the flood.

The areas are Yolde Pate, Tashar Sani, Bachure, Kofare and Damilu.

A resident of Tashar Sani area of Yola South, Sani Usman said many houses have collapsed under the raging flood as domestic animals were swept away.

Another victim of the flood, Kissinger Bukar appealed to the federal government to intervene as the state government may find it difficult to tackle the perennial flooding alone.

He noted that he has lost almost everything to the flash flood adding that the loses which the flood inflicted on the victims would be difficult to quantity because of its sheer magnitude.

Similarly, the leader of Tashan Sani timber market, Kenneth Ogoduna, said the flood has caused a lot of damage to their wares running into hundreds of millions of naira.

Many areas particularly in the state capital are always submerged in flood whenever it rained.

The state government has at the beginning of this year’s rainfall evacuated garbage from some waterways in order to avert flooding while it is yet to take concrete steps to address the most rampant ones in Yolde Pate, Bachure and Damilu areas of the state capital.

When contacted via telephone, the director of press to the Adamawa state governor, Solomon kumanga said he was not fully aware of the incident but promised to get back to our correspondent as soon as he ascertain the level of damage.

“I don’t have full knowledge of what has happened but when I go round and ascertain the level of damage I will revert same to the deputy governor for prompt action”.

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