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Floods displace 3,000 in Taraba

03 August 2012, 09:02

Taraba - No fewer than 3,000 people have been displaced by floods and landslides following three days of torrential rainfall  on the Mambilla Plateau in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba.

The disaster also destroyed crops, houses and livestock valued at over N200 million, David Jeduwa, the Chairman of the local government said on Thursday.

Jeduwa said that many villages in Magu ward were swept away by the floods, adding that the rain, which fell in  "an unusual pattern" on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, rendered the residents homeless.

He said initial estimates put the total loss at over N200 million.

Jeduwa said villages, such as Naso, Zango, Magu, Mayo-Nyebbe, Kan-Iyaka and Ngelnyaki, among  others, were either completely swept away or partially damaged by water from river Mayo-Nyebbe.

He said the river overflowed its banks as a result of the downpour.

The chairman also said that the landslides buried vast farmlands, footpaths and grazing reserves.

They damaged areas included many hectares of maize farms, groundnut farms, beans farms as well as cocoyam, banana plantations, eucalyptus, plantain and pear farms.

He also said that more than 100 heads of cattle and other livestock were either killed in the flood or struck by lightning.

He said that a councillor from the affected ward lost 40 cows while one, Bakochi, lost about 70 heads of cattle to the disaster.

The chairman appealed to the state government and the National Emergency Management Agency to come to the aid of the victims, saying the magnitude of the devastation was beyond the capacity of the council.

 But he said the council was making contingency arrangements to provide relief materials, such as food items, especially to those who lost their grain bans to the floods.

Nguldi Zangon-Ajiya, an 85-year-old man from the area, who lost his house and livestock and now taking refuge in a relation's house in Nguroje said that he had never witnessed such a heavy rainfall before.

Many of those displaced are now staying with relations in nearby villages on the hilltop, while others took refuge in primary school buildings.



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