Taraba Flood: 13,428 persons Displaced as 30 Communities Submerge

submerged churches in Ando, Yaku, Wukari, Taraba+State

…. Canoes to the rescue as places of worships affected

As some states in Northern part of the country continue to experience devastating flooding, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has registered 13,428 internally displaced people as well as 30 communities that were submerged in Taraba State.

The affected communities are in Ibiand Wukari Local Government Councils of the state.

While conducting a rapid response assessment during the tours of the councils, it was discovered that bridge slinking various communities were cut off by the flood due to overflow of River Benue as well as the release of water from the Kiri Dam in Adamawa State and from Lagdo Dam in the Republic of Cameroun.

Others affected were places of worship, farmlands, hospitals, schools and markets. Some of the communities can only be reached by canoes and boats as rescue and emergency officers have so far visited worst affected areas especially in Chinkai, Ando-yako, Warawa, Dampar,Ibi town, Badodo,  Chaschangi, Isini, Maiitache, unguwan danbaki,Sai, Gungun Abdullahi Unguwan makeri, Wazirin bannu,Sai Danpar-unguwan saraki, Unguwan Kabawa, Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Maisanko,Baruwa, Unguwan Nufawa etc.)

The traditional ruler of Ibi, Alhaji Abubakar Danbawo III disclosed that “for the past 38 years we have never witnesssed a disaster of this magnitude that touched everything: places of worship, houses, roads and farmlands. “

The NEMA officers are still at camps in Danpar, Chinkai and Ibi registering and providing relief materials to the displaced people.

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