Calabar in trouble as flood invades

Residents of Calabar, the Cross River State capital, are counting their losses following a two-day rainfall that induced flooding in many areas of the city.

The rain, which fell continuously since Wednesday morning till Thursday, flooded homes and properties leaving many stranded.

Fortunately no individual has been declared dead.

Among areas, the worst hit occurred at the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) Staff Quarters where the residents pleaded with the authorities to intervene in the perennial problem.

Other areas affected by the flood in Calabar South included Target, Ebito, Atu, Musaha, Murray, Nelson Mandela, Yellow Duke Streets and even farmlands at Anantigha.

Though Calabar has the advantage of water going down the drain as soon as the rain stops, residents nevertheless lost their properties valued at hundreds of thousands of naira and have begged the authorities to make sure something is carried out to completely erradicate the problem.

Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Ayim Princewill, advised residents dwelling in the flood inclined areas to relocate to higher grounds.

He revealed that the authorities is working towards preventing such occurrences.

He stated that they had contacted the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to get relief materials and are working towards assuaging the plight of residents affected.

“We can’t battle with nature however we can only practice mitigation measures to take care of the situation, he said.

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