- Between July and September of 2019, flood disasters caused much pain to many residents in Cross River
- In fact, according to Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), about 4,370 houses were destroyed during the period
- SEMA's boss, Princewill Ayim, disclosed that the tragedy also displaced not less than 51,000 persons in the state
Not less than 4,370 houses have been destroyed with about 51,000 persons displaced in Cross River, following flood disasters that occurred between July and September 2019.
This was revealed by the director-general of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Princewill Ayim, on Wednesday, December 18, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Among the 212 affected areas, Ayim mentioned places like Boki, Etung, Biase, Calabar South, Calabar municipal and Ogoja.
He added that due to the devastating development, residents of these areas have been forced out from their homes.
The SEMA boss also said that fire outbreaks that took place within the same period destroyed a lot of properties worth millions of naira.
However, Ayim expressed immense gratitude to the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for donating relief materials to the victims of the tragedies.
He said that SEMA has carried out sensitisation campaigns around the state, educating residents on the dangers of building houses on water channels indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that residents, motorists and travellers in Ondo were on Friday, October 11, held bound and in lamentation following the massive flood that took over the Okitipupa-Idepe road, a major route connecting some towns and villages in the state.
Around 12pm on Friday, October 11, many houses along the road had been taken over by flood following the torrential rain in most parts of southern Nigeria that has lasted days.
The flood, Legit.ng gathered, forced residents to adopt the use of canoe while they called on the state government headed by Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to come to their aide.
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