By Agnes Igwe
Unagboke Primary School in Abakaliki local government council, churches, and over a hundred families have been rendered homeless by the flood.
The flood which occurred after about an hour night rain is said to be a yearly occurrence sequel to nonavailability of proper drainage channels in the area.
Speaking with newsmen during Press visit to the area, a displaced resident of the area Mr. James Nkwuda who appealed to the government for the provision of suitable drainage channels, revealed that the flood is yearly occurrence and takes more than one week to subside.
“Yearly we experience this flood, two times in July, two times in August, September and so on. Worse is that when it comes it spoils our farm, restricts people upstairs from coming out or going back to their houses as is my case now. It also stops Unagboke primary school pupils from going to school.
“I think the cause of the flood is an overflow of Ebia and Ebonyi rivers near here and the absence of drainage channels.
Another displaced resident Mrs. Chioma Sunday narrating her ordeal said that she lost her poultry farm to the flood which submerged the entire farm and choked the birds.
Responding, the Acting Executive Secretary of SEMA Prince Chibueze Iteshi advised the people to stop their children from swimming in the dirty water to avert further disaster and pledged relief from government to the victims.
The SEMA boss who regretted the impact of flood in the state which has included Ivo local government council stated that the state government led by chief David Umahi have taken cognizance of all flood cases in the state and to provide succour to all concerned.
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