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Flood displaces over 500 in Gombe communities

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No fewer than 500 persons were displaced from their homes on Saturday, with millions of naira lost as floods washed away farmlands in Shongom Local Government Area of Gombe State.

Our correspondent reported that the flood was the aftermath of a week-long rain that cumulated into floods from Bangunji, the border between Kaltungo and Bambam, up to Digga, the border between Lalapido and Pero-Chonge.

Speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, Soli Adamu from Majidadi Gwandum Community lamented the havoc caused by the flood, narrating how he rescued his aged father by carrying him.

He said, “From my estimation in Majidadi alone, 200 farms have been washed away and over 100 houses affected. We had to save ourselves by carrying our loved ones out of the village. I had to carry my father, who is crippled on my back. After that, we started making calls to our traditional and political leaders, among whom was Samuel Wina, who promised to come to our aid.

“We are asking the government to assist us in relocating from the community and resettling elsewhere because we are currently living in makeshift tents.”

Also speaking, Sajo village head, Musa Hashimu, regretted the loss experienced by farmers, disclosing that their investments had been lost.

Hashimu said, “We have lost so much, most of our farmlands and crops, which include maize, soybeans, millets, Guinea corn, and groundnuts are gone. We cannot even begin to estimate the loss we have incurred. All the farms around streams and gullies were destroyed.

“I am so happy because our Hon. Samuel Wina has shown that he is truly our representative. He has shown he cares for us, and he is concerned about us. We are grateful for how he has always carried us along in his representation.”

Assessing the level of destruction in some of the communities, a lawmaker representing Pero-Shonge Constituency, Samuel Wina, called on relevant authorities to come to the rescue of residents.

He said, “Livelihoods have been put in jeopardy. It is pathetic, and we sympathise with our people. I want to appeal to the State Emergency Management Agency and the State Government to come to the aid of the people.

“The flood destroyed many houses, particularly mud houses, and many people are now perched with relatives.”

When contacted, the Executive Secretary of Gombe State Emergency Management Agency, Haruna Abdullahi, promised to get back to our correspondent on the level of devastation in the areas.


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