At least 510 persons have been rendered homeless, with 70 homes and farmlands lost to rainfall that lasted two days in Cross Rivers state.
The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) revealed this in Calabar, lamenting the amount of property lost in the rains which lasted from Wednesday July 3 – Thursday July 4.
The Acting Director general of the Cross River SEMA, Mr. Princewill Ayim, noted that residents in the state whose houses were located along the waterways were warned by the agency to move away before the downpour.
“The affected residents have been relocated temporarily from their homes for safety and to avoid the outbreak of communicable diseases from the flood.
“From our assessment tour, we recorded over 70 houses that were destroyed by the flood across the state and, at least, 510 displaced persons.
“Gov. Ben Ayade is taking steps to open more channels to ensure free flow of water within Calabar metropolis and beyond.
“I want to appeal to the federal government and the National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant government agencies to intervene by providing relief materials and succour to the victims,” Ayim said.
SEMA immediately visited Calabar South, Calabar Municipality, Boki, Biase, Odukpani and Etung to evaluate the damage.
A victim at Ibom Close in Calabar Municipality, Mr. Patrick Asikpo-Okon, called on the government to come to their aid in order to avert any future occurrences.
“I thank God that we are alive today. I moved my family into a hotel, because, my house is not comfortable for now.
“The heavy rain of Wednesday and Thursday wrecked havoc in the whole of this street.
“I lost my valuables, because, I was trying to rescue my little children from being swept away by the flood.
“For years now, we have been crying to government to come to our aid and open the channels for free flow of water, but no response,’’ he said.