Flood destroys homes, farmlands in Abia community Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

Following a heavy rain in the early hours of Tuesday, no fewer than six houses, several farmlands and businesses have been destroyed by flood in Amaogwugwu community, in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State.

Though no life was lost, but people were trapped in their houses.

School activities were also disrupted as pupils could not go to school.

A community leader, Chief B.N. Orji,  whose house was submerged with flood, lamented the destruction recorded by the community.

While taking journalists round his house, Orji said, “We have rivers around the community, where I have lived all my life; but I have not seen such overflow of river banks and destruction as we witnessed on Tuesday.

“Our foodstuffs, including bags of rice and other food items, electronics and furniture, were all destroyed by the flood, which penetrated every part of the house.”

The President General of the community, Chief Emeka Chukwuma, described the flood as severe, adding that the community had never witnessed such before.


He called on the state government and agencies of the Federal Government to come to the aid of those displaced and people whose houses and businesses were destroyed by the flood.

An industrial oil mill operator, Mr Sam Mbakwe, lamented the damage caused by the flood, adding that his machines were destroyed.

A civil servant,  Chima Amadi, whose house is located near the Ikwu River, decried the level of damage the flood caused him.

He said he was lucky that no member of his family was around when the flood started.

A church located in the community, the Bible Life Christian Church, was also submerged by the flood.

The resident pastor, who lives on the church premises, was lucky to have escaped with his family.

Another member of the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the flood took him from his house, leaving his wife, a nursing mother, and their one-week-old baby suffering from cold.

He said both mother and child had since been admitted to hospital, while he was making arrangement where to resettle them when they returned.

Members of the community blamed the flood on the dredging of the river by the Niger Delta Development Commission, saying that the project, which was abandoned midway, opened up the waterways.

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