Only seven people have been killed as a result of the floods that have spread rapidly through Adamawa State. According to a state emergency agency official, the disaster affected 79 communities and 74,713 people just in August.
According to him, the disaster has affected 79 villages in 16 local government areas.
Demsa, Yola South, Lamurde, Yola North, and Girei Local Government Areas were among the hardest hit, according to Mr. Sulaiman.
"From August 11, 2021 to this moment, approximately 74,713 people have been affected in 79 communities across the state in 16 local government areas.
"The hardest hit areas include Demsa LGA, which had 8,332 people affected in nine communities, with one person killed, and Lamurde LGA, which had 7,725 people affected in eight communities.
"This was followed by Yola South, Girei, and Yola North local government areas, which had approximately 7,551; 6,351; and 6,235 people affected in 15 communities, respectively.
"While Maiha Local Government Area recorded two deaths, Shelleng, Numan, Girei, and Madagali each recorded one," Mr. Sulaiman explained.
Fufore, with 4,875 victims in 11 communities, and Song, with 5,359 victims in three communities, were also affected.
In 22 communities, the local governments of Shelleng, Numan, Mayo-Belwa, and Guyuk recorded 4,424; 3,962; 3,582; and 3,325 victims, respectively.
In Jada and Madagali local government areas, 3,232 and 2,785 people were affected in nine communities, respectively.
Concerning the number of farmlands affected, the ADSEMA chief stated that the agency had yet to determine exact figures because "some areas are completely submerged and very difficult to reach."
He, however, said that the flood had submerged several houses and thousands of hectares of farmland, as well as properties and domestic animals worth millions of naira.
He stated that the flood was caused by torrential downpours in the state, and that the agency had dispatched teams to assess the situation.
"So far, thousands of hectares of farm land have been completely destroyed, with grains left unharvested, according to the agency's assessment.
"A significant number of houses have been damaged, and a large number of people have been displaced," Mr. Sulaiman added.
According to the executive secretary, thousands of flood-displaced people across the state are in desperate need of food, non-food items, shelter, and medication in order to prevent waterborne disease outbreaks in the affected communities.
As a result, he urged the federal government and humanitarian organizations to assist the victims and vulnerable communities.
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