Residents in the Jalingo area of Taraba State have been forced to vacate their homes, after an havoc was wreaked on the capital city by an early morning rainfall today.
The rain which reportedly started falling around 4:00am on Saturday, destroyed so many properties belonging to the residents.
Properties affected range from house structures, which reportedly sank owing to the overwhelming havoc of the flood. Cars, business Centres, domestic animals, including so many other valuables were swept away.
A bridge located in the heart of the state capital was also not spared by the terrible flood, it affected it adversely by getting it overwhelmed.
Vehicular movement have been restricted as private and Commercial vehicles are now left with no other choice other than to locate new routes.
Residents who spoke with newsmen confessed how their grain of hope had been dashed by the discouraging development.
Sani Baba, a victim whose farm was terribly touched by the flood said “could you believe that just last week that I went and collected a loan of over N2million from one of the banks for farming?”
With tears running down his cheeks, Baba said “all my dreams have been shattered ” as paying back the loan without the government and other individuals and groups coming to his aid seems impossible.
Baba’s story might not be totally different from that of other affected residents, who have now raised their voices in unison, seeking the aid of the federal and state governments.
You will recall that a similar havoc had been wreaked on all the local government areas of the state in time past.
As at the time of filing this report, the victims were still grappling with their situation and yet to get any assistance. They sought shelter at friends’ and relatives’ houses as well as public places and religious centers.