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Rainstorms Render 1000 Homeless In A’Ibom

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 4:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Idongesit Ashameri  –  Uyo


A three-day heavy downpour in Afaha Ikot-Eyo Edo in Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom has submerged no fewer than 20 residential houses and rendered over 1,000 people homeless.

Village head of Afaha Ikot Eyo Edo, Chief Samuel Ikene who gave the account of damages resulting from the heavy downpour during a chat with Journalists in Esit Eket on Tuesday said “Since the rainstorm started on Sunday, the flood ravaged the community and rendered people homeless.”

“Some people have parked their properties to the neighbouring village for shelter. We don’t have a place to sleep and even clothes to wear,’’ the Village head said.

According to him the flood which was occasioned by persistent rainfall also destroyed property and farmlands worth millions of naira in the area.

The community, according to him, has generally suffered considerable losses from the effect of flooding which he blamed on lack of good drainage system in the area. He therefore called on the state government and other relevant stakeholders to come to the aid of the people and the community.

A resident of the community, Mr Bassey Ussoh told Daily Independent that the houses were submerged because the flood went beyond window and penetrated the houses before overcoming them.

He lamented that the flood also destroyed his valuables and pleaded with the state government and public spirited individuals and organisations to come to their assistance with relief materials to cushion the effect of the damage.

Another victim, Madam Lovina Etim complained that the ravaging flood had compounded the sufferings of the people. She therefore appealed to the government to intervene both with relief materials and good drainage systems.

“As I was in the house, the flood just covered the house and destroyed my property and my personal effects. We shouted and some people came to rescue us from the flood. Now my children and I are taking refuse in the neighbouring village’’, she lamented.

Efforts to reach the Chairman of Esit Eket, Mr Ibanga Ettang for comments and the remedial action to give reprieve to the affected people were unsuccessful as press time.

Daily Independent reports that the Eket axis of Akwa Ibom State has experienced a steady downpour between Sunday and Tuesday; reason the rural riverine community was badly affected.

Meanwhile, Governor Udom Emmanuel has assured the victims of the flood of necessary assistance that will be prompt and timely.  He gave the assurance during an on-the-spot assessment of flood situation and its attendant damages in Eket, where he charged citizens and stakeholders to be responsible and join in the fight against flood, adding that “people should always seek advice and approval from town planners before setting up structures to avoid emergencies like this.”

Represented by his deputy, Mr. Moses Ekpo, the Governor, frowned at the extent to which people could go in putting up structures, even on drainages and waterways, saying that such constituted threats to the lives of the occupants of such structures.

He appealed to the construction company handling the Eket-Oron Road, which some of the flood victims alleged was the cause of their predicament, to remedy the situation and assist the people in whatever way it could. The Governor further ordered Pastor David Mkpanam, owner of Citadel of Praise Church International, a structure that was not approved by the state government, to relocate immediately for the safety of his members and the people of the area.

In his reaction, the Site Agent of the construction company, Mr. Ghanem Gitto, said they were seriously working to ensure total arrest of the situation, saying that “though we never expected this level of rainfall, we will do everything possible to help the people. The drainage we have made, which is outside our contract, is 3Km, it is our own of helping the people.”


Some of the flood victims, who spoke, expressed delight over the continuous commitment of the state government towards the development and welfare of its people.