The Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Sulieman Muhammad, said floods caused by heavy rainfall alongside the release of water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon have claimed the lives of 25 persons in the state.
Muhammad, who said the flood which rendered highways impassable to motorists and commuters, affected many communities in the state, displacing over 130,000 persons from their homes.
Muhammad, who spoke on Wednesday said the state was facing threat of food insecurity because of the loss of farm produce as flood waters ravaged 18 local government areas in the state.
He said, “The report reaching me on the devastation wrought by flood waters as a result of recent flooding in the state, further worsened as result of the release of excess water from Lagdo Hydro Power Dam by authorities in the Republic of Cameroonian, so far is 25 deaths.
“Then, we have 58 persons that have sustained, different injuries, while 130,000 persons have been severely affected and displaced from their homes in 153 communities across 18 local government areas of the state.”
He also accused council chairmen of diverting relief items, lamenting that relief materials released by the state government through his agency to mitigate the suffering of victims were being hindered from reaching survivors displaced by floods.
A supervisor from the Adamawa State Ministry of Education, Arabo Shehu, who was out to monitor schools resumption was among passengers trapped by the flood at Jambi Lamba area of the state.
“The Federal Government needs to act fast and salvage the situation because with more rains, this part of the road can be washed off anytime soon,” he said.