NIGERIA: Flood Renders 30 Families Homeless in A’Ibom Communities

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More than 30 families in two communities in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have reportedly been rendered homeless by flood caused by persistent rainfall in the area.
Already, some people from Iwuo Okpom and Inua Eyet Ikot communities in the state have abandoned the area as flood continues to destroy several houses.

THISDAY gathered that those affected in the flood disaster now sought shelter in neigbouring communities as they have been rendered homeless by the natural disaster.

The Chairman of Iwuo-Okpom Town Council in Ibeno Local Government Area, Chief John Etim, yesterday attributed the flooding to heavy down pour which started early this month.
He said the rain which lasted closed to six hours rendered at least 30 families homeless, while houses and roads were flooded in the affected communities.

“The whole town was flooded including several houses in the communities. Drainage systems in the two villages are channeled to one canal and most water from the swamp passes through one place to the Atlantic Ocean,” Etim said.

He lamented that there was no good drainage system in the communities, calling on the state and local governments to curb the situation urgently before the communities are swept into the Ocean.

“If ExxonMobil was carrying out a good corporate social responsibility since the flood started affecting them, they would have come to their aid but they only succeeded in pumping water from their dormitory and not minding what happens to their host community,” he lamented.

The chief appealed to the state government to send relief materials to the communities in order to alleviate the suffering of the people as well as construct permanent drainage system within the affected communities to avoid re-occurrence.

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