PHIL OKOSE, Onitsha
At least three children were feared drowned, two declared missing while about 10 buildings were destroyed as devastating flood wreaked havoc in Okpoko, near Onitsha, Anambra State during the three-day non-stop down pour.
A resident of the area who lamented the devastating effect of the flood, Mr Christian Aguchi, (a.k.a Cato) told Daily Champion in Onitsha that since the rain started, properties worth over 100million naira have been lost to the raging flood.
His words, “Buildings are collapsing and criminals are operating and have taken over the community, snatching handbags and shooting guns”.”Three children drowned in the flood as it entered their residences while two are said to have not been seen by their parents.”Even now that the rain has subsided, you still have remnants of the flood still flowing in some streets and one wonders where it is coming from”.
Mr Aguchi, who is the Anambra North zonal Commander of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, otherwise called Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, urged the state government to come to the rescue of the residents of Okpoko, stating that whenever there is down pour, there must be record of death.
“MASSOB-BIM on our part are not taking it lightly in fighting the armed robbers who terrorise and maim residents of the area.”They capitalise on the devastating effect of the flood that has sent scores to their villages to rob at gun-point and dispossess innocent residents and visitors of their possessions.”
According to Aguchi, some of the major roads should be rehabilitated to curtail the armed robbers from terrorising the area as most of the roads have turned to death traps.He listed the roads that need urgent attention to include, Onitsha/Owerri road that became impassable during the three consecutive days down pour that caused severe vehicle gridlock and the Obodoukwu road.
Others he said were, Edeh, Ojoto and those close to the sakamori drainage which, he said, was filled with debris, should be removed for smooth flow of the flood.
Also speaking, another resident, Ikechukwu Okoye, said the area always submerged by flood whenever it rains, thereby causing untimely death of scores of residents especially kids.He called on the state government to come to their rescue. “We suffer two major things now, flood menace and armed robbery and unless the state government comes to our rescue, we are finished”, he said.
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