Rainstorm Destroys 60 Buildings In Calabar
Not less than 60 residential buildings and public structures were destroyed by rainstorm in the last one week in Calabar, the Cross River Emergency Management Agency has said.
David Akate, the Deputy Director in charge of information for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in a statement issued on Monday in Calabar, said that perimeter fences, roads and school buildings were damaged due to the intensity of the rain.
He listed the areas mostly affected as Ikot Ansa, Ikot Eneobong, Ikot Nkebre and Big Qua Town in Calabar Municipality as well as some parts of Calabar South.
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"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" he said. "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 added.
The Director-General of the agency, Vincent Aquah, attributed the development to blocked drains within the city centre, and advised residents to adhere to the campaign against indiscriminate waste disposal and other harmful environmental practices.
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He advised motorists to stay of flooded roads also warned parents not to allow their wards play around flooded drainages and ponds, adding that such developments might be dangerous and could lead to possible death.