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A bridge linking Taraba State to the Southern parts of the country has been cut off by a high-velocity flood in the Gassol Local Government Area of the state.

The flood also destroyed many farms along the riverbank.

The residents are calling on the Federal Government to intervene.

The Kuru Bridge, along Mutum-Biyu -Tella Highway in Gassol Local Government Area of Taraba State has bowed to flood, after hours of heavy downpour, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

The road users were salvaged by community efforts with the construction of a makeshift bridge.

Between 50 to 200 Naira is being paid to the community by commuters for accessing the bridge.

This trailer load of various grains was not so lucky.

It fell while trying to cross the makeshift bridge, and a large part of the food items it was transporting are drowned. 

The bridge which has been in existence for over 40 years is strategic for the transportation of agricultural commodities from Taraba State to Southern Nigeria. 

Residents blamed the incident on poor maintenance of a crack on the bridge. 

But the Federal Road Maintenance Agency in the State said it took preemptive measures to avoid the collapse of the bridge, and efforts are already being made to provide palliative measures. 

The flood responsible for the collapse of the Kuturu Bridge is coming on the heels of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency’s prediction of flooding in Taraba State, which two weeks ago, has already affected parts of Jalingo.