Yola - Forty one persons lost their lives while 122 466 others were displaced during the 2012 flood disaster in Adamawa, Mr Shadrach Barub, Executive Secretary, State Emergency Relief Agency, has said.
Barub told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Yola that the agency had begun preparations ahead of the 2013 NIMET's predictions for the state.
He said that the agency had received a letter from NIMET notifying the government of a possible reoccurrence of heavy floods this year.
"In last year’s flood disaster, 41 persons were confirmed dead while 122 466 others were displaced from their homes.
"And from last year’s experiences and NIMET’s warning over a possible flood reoccurrence this year, the agency has prepared well to confront a similar development,’’ he said.
Barub said that the only solution to Adamawa flood disasters was for the Federal Government to fulfil its promise to construct the Dasin dam in Fufore Local Government Area.
He said that the dam would receive and control flood waters released directly from Lagdo dam in the Republic of Cameroon.
According to him, dredging of the River Benue and early warnings from the Republic of Cameroon over Lagdo dam and Dadin Kowa dam in Gombe State, are necessary in averting the disaster.
He said that the state government had so far established 26 camps for internally-displaced persons in seven flood-prone local government areas to ease any possible disease outbreak.
"The major flood-prone areas include Fufore, Girei , Yola South, Demsa, Numan and Lamurde local government areas,” he said.
Barub appealed to the people, especially those on flood plains, to be cautious and avoid building and farming on dangerous waterways.