Residents of Kumo community in Akko Local Government Area of Gombe state are presently counting their losses as a result of the damages done to the community by flood which has not only submerged the town but has as well washed away several houses and domestic animals, Naija247news reports.
This is coming barely 48-hours the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in a statement stated that some states in the country are likely to experience severe flooding between August and October this year.
According to the online news report, the flood which occurred in the Gombe community on Monday, was heralded by a heavy rainfall which lasted for several hours.
Residents in the area are said to have not been reached out to either by the state government or the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Though no loss of life have been recorded, several houses, shops and domestic animals worth millions of Naira are said to ha e been washed away by the ranging flood which has taken over the major road leading to Gombe, the state capital.
Some of the affected persons from the Gombe community who spoke to reporters, identified the lack of drainage system as the major reason for the flood which they said have become an annual phenomenon in the area.
They believed that had the government embarked on pro-active action, the issue of flood in the community would have been a thing of the past.
A staff of the Gombe State Emergency Agency who confirmed the incidence on phone said: ”We just received a call concerning the flood and we are mobilizing our men to go and access the level of damage.”
“We learnt several houses which includes shops and animals were affected. We thank the Almighty Allah that no life was affected,” he added.
He however, assured that the state government would take drastic action by taking relief materials to the victims of the flood in the Gombe community as soon as they hear from those that will be going to access the situation.
The Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had on Monday issued red alert to 11 states likely to experience severe flooding between August and October.
NIMET, urged relevant agencies to perfect their emergency evacuation plans and activate them as soon as necessary.