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19 people dead in floods in Taraba

15 October 2012, 07:42

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 in September.

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.


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