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Prepare for flooding; Adamawa govt warns residents

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Governor Mohammed Jibrilla  of Adamawa state has warned the people of the state to prepare for flooding following the release of water from Lagdo Dam by the Cameroonian authorities.

Gov. Mohammed Bindow Jibrilla

The governor gave the warning during an emergency meeting with key stakeholders in Yola.“In 2012, the state experienced the worst flood following the release of water from Lagdo dam.“The flood resulted in the deaths of many, destruction of hundreds of farms while many families were rendered homeless.

“The governor told the people that the state government received a report  some days ago that the Cameroonian authorities had released high volume of water from Lagdo Dam.““And we have started feeling the wave of the water because some border communities and farms along the bank of River Benue have been submerged.

“It has become necessary to invite all of you to put our heads together and mitigate the effects of the flood,” Bindow said.

He said that it was the responsibility of the stakeholders to sensitise the people to the effects of flood and find lasting solution to it.“Mr Ahmad Sajoh, the Commissioner for Information, said that the state government could confirm that four persons had so far died as a result of the flood in the state.

“He said that the flood had also destroyed many bridges and culverts, adding that nine local government areas of the state had been hit by the flood.“Ahmad Sajoh said that Furore, Yola South, Yola North, Demsa, Shelleng, Guyuk, Numan, Lamurde and Girei local government areas had so far been overwhelmed by the flood.

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