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A'Ibom community calls for government intervention as homes submerged by floods

No less than three communities in Uyo metropolis have been inundated by floods following incessant rains within the state.

The affected communities embody Nung Obio Enang alongside Stadium Street, Urua Ekpa axis and Afaha Oku villages in Uyo metropolis.

It was learnt that residents of Nung Obio Enang, one of many affected communities situated close to Godswill Akpabio Worldwide Stadium in Uyo, the state capital, have fled their houses after their homes have been inundated by the flood.

Talking to our correspondent on Tuesday, one of many affected individuals, Mr Etop Effiong, mentioned over 32 homes have been flooded and residents have been relocated to close by homes to avert additional catastrophe within the state.

Effiong famous that flooding has been a recurring downside locally for the previous 12 years and known as on the state authorities to intervene instantly to avoid wasting the group from the catastrophe.

“Throughout heavy rains and in the course of the wet season, now we have to go away our houses to reside with our neighbors for one or two weeks earlier than the water in my homes dries up. This has been my plight and that of different residents within the space for years. This home can collapse at any time.”

The sufferer's spouse, who recognized herself as Eka Esther, mentioned she misplaced virtually all her garments within the flood, particularly at night time. Her husband's tricycle was additionally destroyed within the flood.

“I didn't sleep final night time. Have a look at my husband's tricycle, it's irreparably broken. We are able to't restore it. It was our supply of revenue. Now no home to reside in and no technique of livelihood, all due to the flood.

“Governor Umo, please come and rehabilitate us and others, management the flooding right here as a result of now we have no place to reside with my youngsters in the course of the coming wet season.

One other resident, Edem Udotong, who lives behind the first college, regrets that main college pupils can not stroll to highschool.

“This morning I cried for just a little woman who fell into the water, however I rushed to her support. Who is aware of if she drowned?”

The village of Afaha Oku was additionally not spared from the catastrophe, with greater than 50 homes washed away by the flood.

In a letter from ‘Save Our Soul’ addressed to Governor Umo Eno and signed by Afaha Oku Village Council Chairman Eteidung Emmanuel Eka and Secretary Cosmos Ebong obtained by our correspondent, the village lamented that flooding is happening quick in components of the group.

“We write to remind you of our earlier report back to the state authorities on the menace of abrasion affecting Afaha Oku group in Uyo native authorities space which has brought about some buildings to be submerged and plenty of buildings are critically threatened with collapse.

“The worst affected areas are Akpan Eton Avenue, Nabor Avenue and the encircling streets.
Akan Eton Avenue was as soon as satisfactory by vehicles however is now a avenue with a foul status. It has develop into a gully with plenty of buildings sunken.

One of many affected landlords, Mr Titus Jerome Udoh, a retiree who had left his dwelling, mentioned his home, situated at No8 Akpan Eton Avenue, simply off Ekpene Ntan Avenue, was threatened by erosion when a building firm diverted floodwater from Urua Ekpa and its environs to Akpan Eton.

“I used to be pressured to go away my home as a result of impending menace of abrasion which has turned Akpan Eton Avenue right into a ravine and severely eroded the doorway to my home. That’s the reason I moved out and stayed with my dependent members of the family in a rented condo.

“You’ll be able to think about what life has develop into for me and my dependent members of the family in a rented condo for nearly 5 years now. So I enchantment to His Excellency, Governor Umo Eno, to please do all the pieces in his energy to carry us again to our dwelling.”

In Urua Ekpa, residents have been affected by persistent flooding for years. Their houses have been submerged, so that they moved to different locations.

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