EletiofeFour Houses, Church Destroyed By Flood In Akwa Ibom

Four Houses, Church Destroyed By Flood In Akwa Ibom

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Four houses and a church were destroyed by heavy rainfall in Eket, Akwa Ibom on Thursday.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the torrential rainfall lasted for 14 hours between 4a.m. and 6p.m. and also destroyed many shops.

Eket residents, who spoke with NAN on Friday, said the rain destroyed houses on seven streets in the town.

Mr Hezekiah Testimony, a resident, said the rain wreaked havoc and destroyed a church at Umana Ndon Street in Idung Afianwe.

Testimony expressed displeasure at the early rainfall in September saying it lasted for 15 hours and caused the flooding of Eket and its environs.

He called on the Eket Local Government Council boss to visit Afaha Eket to see how erosion had been pulling houses down.



“Let him come to Afaha Eket where erosion is pulling down houses as a result of the construction of water channels in the area,’’
Testimony charged.

He advised the Akwa Ibom State Government to build bigger drainage in Eket in order to empty water into channels.

Another resident, Mr Jimmy John, told NAN that flooding left Eket in a sorry state every year.

John said that an intervention agency awarded a contract to open the waterways in Eket to an indigenous contractor, but the latter did a poor job.



“The waterways were opened, but risk assessment was not done. As we speak now, the intervention job has caused a lot of damage to houses in Mkpok, Umana Ndon, a church and some houses are almost collapsing.

“It wasn’t a good job they did; what we expected of the intervention agency was to construct a standard drainage in which it should have cast the waterways and not use a bulldozer to open up the waterways and leave it like that,’

’ he said.

John advised people living along the waterways to remove their buildings, so the waterways would be open for free flow of water.

He noted that houses and properties worth millions of naira had been destroyed in Eket and called on the state government to build a drainage system to alleviate the sufferings of the people.

However, another resident, Mr Samuel Mbong, thanked the intervention agency for opening the waterways to allow free flow of stormwater in Eket and its environs but also alleged poor work.

Mbong said that the job needed to be completed with an embankment to secure houses beside the water channels.



“My shop is flooded. I have been battling to scoop water from my shop. My clothes, shoes and my property were destroyed,
’’ he said.

Mbong called on the town planning ministry and the state government to wake up to their responsibilities.



“Houses are built in waterways because the town planning ministry and the government are not doing the right thing,”
he said.

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