In Imo State: Flood wreaks havoc as victims count losses

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Imo State
Some residents in Owerri, Imo State capital were yesterday sacked from their home following a heavy 10 hrs downpour which flooded the entire city and its environs.
The streets affected by the downpour, which covered major roads, include Okigwe, Douglas, Mbari, Egbu Wethdral, Orlu, Port Harcourt and Ikenegbu,  Orji, Federal Housing Estate, World Bank, Akwakuma and Works Layout.
When our correspondent visited one of the affected areas at Orji Street, the victims were seen struggling to salvage some property that had been trapped in the flood.
Three houses, including a church, Overcomers Christian Mission, were submerged by water.
Recounting their ordeals, an occupant of one of the affected houses, Chibunna Michael, said it took divine intervention for his five children not to be drowned.
According to him, five families consisting of 18 people, including women and children, were occupying the building.
Michael, a businessman, said, “We have lost all our property, including money and vital documents. If not for the grace of God, my five children would have died.
“The flood brought down two perimeter fences, entered our house and swallowed it. We were awoken from sleep by the rampaging flood, which took over all the rooms. It was at that point that we rescued the children, who were asleep. Our electronics, chairs and other property, were damaged. I came out with nothing. I don’t have a dime on me as I speak with you.”
Another victim, who gave his name simply as Emeka, said he and other tenants lost property estimated at millions of naira to the flood.
Meanwhile, Punchng report that the rain paralysed activities in the state capital, as shops, markets and cooperate offices had yet to commence business activities for the day as of 12noon.

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