Several farmlands, including 150 hectares of rice farm, bridges and culverts have been destroyed by flood in some villages in Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
The PUNCH learnt that the flood caused a breakdown of some bridges in Gambar Zugum, Gambar Lere Bar Arewa, Bar Kudu, Gizaki Ndit, Tadnum, Bugun and Dhrbi communities.
The Chief of Ndit community, Ezekiel Daniel, said that the 150 hectares of rice farm in his community were submerged and destroyed by the flood.
He noted that the residents are now living in fear and uncertainty as to what next will happen, even as he called on the government to urgently assist the communities and the farmers so as to ameliorate their suffering.
The Information Officer at the LGA, Gomna James, in a terse statement said the council chairman, Iliya Habila, who visited the affected areas to ascertain the level of damage suffered by the communities, sympathised with the farmers and all the communities affected.
He said: “Inspecting the affected areas today, the Executive Chairman of the council, Hon. Iliya Habila, expressed deep concern over the development, which has cut off some communities from each other.
“Hon. Iliya Habila also lamented the destructions of many farmlands in villages in the area, saying the development would affect crop production.
“He said the torrential rains in the past few days resulted in the overflow of the river banks, leading to the flooding of farms and cutting off of the bridges and culverts.
“He further said he will forward the matter to the relevant authorities at both the federal and state governments for further action.”
James said that some residents of the affected communities, including traditional rulers, commended the chairman for the timely visit to the affected areas.
“They pleaded for assistance and called for intervention to avert loss of life and properties,” he stated. PUNCH