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Photos: Heavy Rainfall Floods Owerri Imo State, Destroys Over 30 Buildings

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Photos: Heavy Rainfall Floods Owerri Imo State, Destroys Over 30 Buildings

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September 11, 2016 – Heavy Rainfall Floods Owerri Imo State, Destroys Over 30 Buildings

At least 30 buildings located in densely populated Works Layout in Amakohia area, Owerri, were submerged by flood following a down pour in the town on Friday evening.

The rain which started at about 6 p.m. and lasted till about 8.30 p.m. on Friday caused flooding that affected property worth millions of naira in some parts of the town.
Clothes, cooking pots, plates, bags, books, and tricycles were seen floating on the flood.

Although no building collapsed, the flooding collapsed the fence of some buildings leading to water flowing into houses.

Areas badly affected within the Works Layout area are Mgbeahuru Street, Road C, and Road B in Amakohia Housing Estate Owerri where almost all the upstairs buildings had the ground floors covered with water.

Mr Kelechi Uzohu, a resident of the area, blamed the flooding on poor road construction by contractors engaged to rehabilitate the road from the Standard Shoe Industry Amakohia to Imo State University Junction.

“The gutter constructed by the construction workers now is narrow and can no longer contain large water such as the former one built by past government and because of this, we record serious flooding here’’, he said.

Another victim, Mr Emma Ugochukwu said but for the prompt intervention of his neighbours his two children and sister in-law would have drowned in the flood.

“I was still on my way back home when the rain started and I stopped somewhere for the rain to subside.
“Unknown to me that flood had already covered my flat with my two children trapped in my flat with my 12-year old sister in-law.

“It was my fellow tenants who noticed that I was not yet back that rushed and forced my door open to rescue them’’, he said.

Also speaking, Mr Vitus Nwadikwa, a resident of MCC/Uratta area of Owerri, said:

“I cannot count the number of buildings covered by water in the area where I reside this evening.

“The level of damage is enormous and people are running here and there in the rain to move their things out’’, he said.

Other areas also affected by flood were Umunguma area, Akwakuma, Orji, Ikenegbu and some part of Ekeukwu Owerri Main Market on Douglas Road Owerri.

The National Emergency Management Agency office in Owerri had earlier warned people living in flood-prone areas to relocate to safer locations due to imminent flooding expected towards the end of the year.

[NAN]

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. huchennar

    September 10, 2016 at 11:51 PM

    “Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you.” (isiah54 :9)… if not for this precious words if his i will surely admit that the world is about to end because the rate and intensity in which rain pours this day is very high… i pray God console the victims

  2. fifelomo

    September 11, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    May God console the affected people. This is a serious case, thank God it claimed no lives.

  3. D Hunter

    September 11, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Our people said that a snake that is already seen cannot get the chance to bite anyone again. This is because, its either they kill it or people run away from it.

    I expected the affected people in the part of this flood to do the later since they had been warned before hand by NEMA to vacate the area to a safer place.

    In life, everything happens for a lesson. Most lesson learnt from mistake was always bitter.
    My heartfelt sympathy is highly extended to my Imo people.
    THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER.

    I take a stroll…

  4. betty

    September 11, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    lord have mercy upon ur children. this flood getting too much.

  5. sola olaniyi

    September 12, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Flood everywhere in Nigeria

  6. red

    September 13, 2016 at 2:02 AM

    Hmm…Nigerians need to be educated on Global warming and it’s effects and good drainage system . Believe me,we really need to pass the information.
    I wonder how those affected are doing.millions of naira will be wasted in this hard times.
    Thank God no life was lost.

    • kk

      September 17, 2016 at 9:26 AM

      Ask the governor why the state all of a sudden started experiencing flood. Why would a man that is sane bring up road expansion during rainy season

  7. sky

    September 17, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Please be well informed before u comment. The wayo governor caused it. Why would a sane person bring up road expansion during rainy season, after demolition abandoned the roads.we have never recorded any case of flooding in imo stat before. Tha man destroyed the gutters even electric poles. And u expect rain to fall and get channeled properly. No nah

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