From Umar Dankano, Yola
The Adamawa state government has directed the people residing on flood prone areas to relocate to safer zones to avoid being submerged by flooding waters in the state.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri issued the directive in Yola Monday while reacting to the level of destruction as a result of excess flood been recording these days.
Speaking through his Director General,Media and Communications,Mr Solomon Kumarga,Governor Fintiri said people of the Nine (9) Local Government Areas so far ravaged by flood should relocate to the safer zones provided by government.
The Governor’s call is against the backdrop of the unprecedented flooding threatening lives and properties of the people,even as more communities might be submerged by the flood any moment from now.
The 9 LGA’s so far submerged are Demsa,Numan,Lamurde,Shelleng,Yola North and Yola South.
Other are Fufore,Girei and Guyuk.
Kumarga expressed fears that this year’s flood might be worse than that 2012.
Kumarga stated that already,government has provided safer zones to most of the affected local govts especially those along the River Benue Bank and charged them to immediately relocate.
According to the Governor’s spokesman, the flooding this year is coming with a different dimension as it is happening towards the ending of October.
“Flooding in this part of the country normally occur between August and September. But this time around the waters are coming by October ending which is giving us sleepless nights”, he stated.
“So far so good, the authorities in the Cameroon have not alerted the state over the release of excess water from their Lagdo dam, as we attribute this present phenomenon to the unprecedented rains in October “, he added