Flood wreaks havoc in Uyo

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Gov.Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom

Heavy down pour on Tuesday rendered hundreds of Uyo residents in Akwa Ibom homeless and destroyed property worth millions of naira.

Residents of Anua, Nsikan Eduok and Atan Offot on Olusegun Obasanjo Way were mostly affected as some of them lost household items including clothes chairs and beddings.

Some residents of Eniong and Mbiabong Housing Estate said the downpour had destroyed their household items worth millions of naira.

The rain, which started on Monday night, lasted several hours; it submerged many houses and obstructed vehicular movements in some parts of the state capital.

Affiong Udoh, a house wife at Atan Offot village, said in Uyo that she had hectic day salvaging some property from the flood.

She lamented that the rug, refrigerator and other electrical appliances in her house were completely soaked and may not be useful again.

Udoh, who called on the State Government to come to the aid of the residents, blamed the flood on indiscriminate development in the state capital.

Also, the President of Mbiabong Estate Residents Association, Anselm Etuk, said his house was completely submerged by the flood.

Etuk said that flooding was a perennial problem in the estate and appealed to the state government to extend its flood control technology to the area.

Another resident of the estate, Florence Eyo, whose house was submerged, said: “In 2011, I lost all my property and started all over; in 2012, I had the same experience.‚Äù

Eyo said the residents of the estate had been tormented over the years by flood and appealed to the government to come to their aid.

It would be recalled that N13.6 billion had been invested in “pipe jacking flood control technology‚Äô‚Äô by state government.

The Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Enobong Uwah, whose Ministry oversees flood control, did not respond to text messages on measures taken to curb flood in the affected areas.

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