Rainstorm wreaks havoc in Calabar, destroys 60 buildings – SEMA

The statement by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar.

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The Cross River Emergency Management Agency said on Monday that rainstorm had destroyed not less than 60 residential buildings and public structures in Calabar in the last one week.

The statement by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar.

The SEMA Deputy Director in charge of information, David Akate, said in the statement that perimeter fences, roads, and school buildings were damaged due to the intensity of the rain.

According to the statement, the areas affected were Ikot Ansa, Ikot Eneobong, Ikot Nkebre and Big Qua Town in Calabar Municipality as well as some parts of Calabar South.

“The flood disaster is attributed to the blockage of drains and other water ways as well as the construction of buildings along flood-prone areas.

“Also affected are 11 vehicles, including a brand new car owned by the Vice Chairman of Ogoja Local Government Area, Mr John Orim.”

“The traumatic experience is coming at a time the State Government was committing huge amount of human and material resources towards the rehabilitation and construction of roads and drainages across the state capital,’’ he said.

The statement also quoted the SEMA Director-General, Vincent Aquah, as saying that the incidents were due to the blocked drains within the city centre.

He, therefore, advised residents to adhere to the campaign against indiscriminate waste disposal and other harmful environmental practices.

Mr. Aquah also advised motorists to stay clear of flooded roads.

He warned parents not to allow children to play around flooded drainages and ponds, saying that such acts might be hazardous and could lead to possible death.

 

(NAN)


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