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NEMA confirms 7 people dead due to rainstorm in Yola

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed that so far seven people have died in Thursday’s storm at Yola.

Latest Nigeria News have reported that many families have been displaced and entrepreneurs have disorganized after a heavy rainfall that has overflowed the gutters in homes, shops, places of worship and in all imaginable places, mainly in the vast plains Jimeta area of the metropolis of Yola.

Abani Garki, head of NEMA operations responsible for the states of Adamawa and Taraba, told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Yola on Saturday that “Seven people were recorded dead and 20 houses affected in the last Thursday rainstorm.”

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“The areas affected are many. Our rescue and data collection teams are on the mission and when the accurate data reach our state office we will inform you,” Garki said.

He listed some of the areas affected as Runde-Baru, Wuro-Jabbe, Damilu, Yolde-Pate, Bachure, Kofare and Jambutu among others, all in Yola South and Yola North Local Government Areas.

Garki attributed the frequent flooding in most of the affected areas to the community’s negligence, saying residents demarcate and sell their lands without proper town planning.

He advised the Adamawa government to look into the land issues and urged people to avoid building in flood prone areas.

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