Jalingo - The Executive Secretary, Taraba State
Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Novalga Danhabu, has confirmed
that 19 people died in the flooding that ravaged some areas of the state
Danhabu, who made this known on Sunday in Jalingo while briefing
newsmen, said the deaths were recorded in eight local government areas.
He said the local governments were: Ardo Kola, Gassol, Kurmi, Ibi, Karimlamido, Lau, Wukari and Sardauna.
The executive secretary said that over 80 000 farmlands were
destroyed while over 28 000 people were either internally displaced or
missing in the disaster.
Danhabu said the flood also destroyed no fewer than 10 000 houses and 3 000 livestock in the affected areas.
He said that other infrastructure like markets, culverts, bridges,
schools, churches, mosques as well as clinics were washed away.
The executive secretary warned the public, especially those living
near river banks to vacate to higher grounds to avoid further
destruction as weather experts had predicted more rainfall.