A nursing mother and her child were yesterday confirmed dead following a devastating flood that washed away houses and farmlands in Shuwari, Mubi North local government area of Adamawa.
Executive Secretary, Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr Haruna Furo, who confirmed this, said the woman and her baby lost their lives when their house collapsed on them.
Furo, who spoke shortly after assessing the level of damage, confirmed that two other children between ages seven and 10 also lost their lives in Mubi South local government area.
He said that they were found dead near a river in Mubi, following the heavy downpour, adding that the agency had received a report of loss of four lives.
“Two of the deaths were confirmed in Mubi North local government area while the other two happened in Mubi South.
“The deaths were as a result of last week’s heavy downpour that submerged many communities in the area,’’ Furo said.
He said the four reported deaths in Mubi brought the figure to five, stressing that one live was lost in Demsa area before now.
Furo also said that thousands of domestic animals died, while hundreds of thousand hectares of farm lands were submerged.
He said that the agency had donated some relief materials to some of the affected victims, adding that the agency had contacted National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and few non-governmental organisations for more assistance.
Emir of Mubi, Alhaji Isa Ahmadu, who received the SEMA team in his palace, decried the loss of lives and property to flooding, and appealed for the intervention of the Federal Government.
“On behalf of my community, especially those affected, I am appealing to the Federal Government to quickly intervene.
“Our major concern is the way and manner the river in Mubi is threatening some parts of the town,’’ he said.
He urged the authorities concerned to, as a matter of urgency, divert the river to its normal channel to avoid reoccurrence.
The member representing Mubi North in Adamawa House of Assembly, Sani Shehu, said that over 50 houses had been damaged by the flood.
“About 20 houses were completely washed away by the flood, while part of Mubi graveyard in Shuwari, has been destroyed,’’ Shehu said.
He assured that the House Committee on Environment would channel the situation to the executive arm for immediate response.
In another development, the Village Head of Warwade, Alhaji Ado Musa, has said that flood washed away over 200 rice farms valued N20 million in his community in Dutse local government area of Jigawa.
Musa made the disclosure in an interview with NAN yesterday in Dutse, the state capital.
He said that the menace was as a result of a heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding caused by tributaries of the dam in the area in the last few days.
“All the rice we planted in over 200 farms at the bank of the dam was destroyed because the dam was over filled with water.
“We lost rice of over N20 million because we planted on north, south, east and west sides of the dam and the water has submerged it all, and the fishes in the dam were feeding on the rice day in day out,” he said.
The village head recalled that it was predicted that low rainfall would be recorded in 2015, and as a result, farmers decided to plant the rice close to the dam.
According to him, the motive behind planting close to the dam is that the farmers could use it to water the rice in case of short rainfall as predicted.
“We decided to plant close to the dam based on the prediction that low rainfall would be recorded this year so that we could use the dam to water the rice but the reverse is the case,” Musa said.
Musa pleaded on behalf of the victims for the assistance of the state government.

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