Uyo residents cry out as flood submerge houses

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Residents of the Uyo metropolis have lamented the torrential rainfall of last weekend which submerged major streets in the city.

The worst-hit areas include Idoro road by Julius Berger junction, Atiku Abubakar way, Ikot Oku Ikono and Udo Umanah streets axis of the state.

One of the victims of the flood, Mr Udimisor who spoke with journalists in Uyo said during the heavy downpour last Saturday his compound was submerged and all the rooms in the building flooded.

He said, “I live in this compound for the last 5 years and I have not experienced this kind of flood before. The rain started at 9am and lasted for 7hours. The entrance to my compound turned to a river as nobody could either come in or move out. we were trapped for hours.”

Another neighbour Mr Ifiok Elijah Ezekiel Udo said the same water damaged the backyard fence of his compound and collapsed the soak away pit.

“The water came in a speed and collapsed the fence at my backyard. Now I need more than N200,000 to restore the fence and fix the soakaway system ” he said

Residents of Udo Umanah and other streets within the area when interviewed gave similar accounts as the entrance of summit complex hotel and the surroundings were completely submerged.

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In a telephone interview, the state commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources Mr Charles Udoh said Drainage controlled projects are ongoing in the state but the spots mentioned are not included.

He said he was not yet informed of the incident promising to act accordingly as soon as he receives official information.

“I am not informed of this axis being ravaged by flood. Once I have an official report from them, the government would act accordingly” he said.

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