Akwa Ibom Flood Destroys 100 Houses, Displaces 300 Persons

A Heavy downpour resulting in flood has destroyed 100
houses and displaced 300 persons in Eket Local
Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. of
Oniftv reports that the heavy downpour which
started about 3a.m in the early hours of yesterday, ended
around 12p.m in the afternoon in Eket and its environs.
The resultant flood displaced some residents of Eket in
Edem Udo, Grace Bill, Marina Junction, Udoh Umoh,
Stadium road, Ikot Udoma, Idua road among other adjoining
streets in the area. The flood resulting from the persistent
rainfall and bad drainage system in the area, destroyed over
100 houses and displaced 300 persons.
Mr Ubong Mark, a resident of Edem Udom in Eket, while
narrating his ordeal, said he has been suffering from effects
of flooding in the area for the past eight years.
“Today’s flood is indeed a serious calamity that has befallen
me. I was at home preparing for church when water began
to enter into my house as a result of accumulated pressure
of the downpour. “I have lost most of my belongings
especially books, electronics, beddings, laptop and other
personal belongings,” he said.
Mr Paul Essien, a resident at Grace Bill where most banks in
Eket were located, also cried for help as the flood took over
houses in the area. Essien said that some residents of the
affected area had taken refuge in areas where the flood did
not penetrate. He appealed to the state government to
construct drainages to save residents from the perennial
annual flood.
“The situation is pathetic, most people have relocated to
their neighbour’s houses because the water has taken over
their houses, shops and farmlands,” he said.
Another resident, Mr Nsikak Etebia, at Ikot Udoma/James
town, appealed to the state government to build roads with
drainage system.

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