Awka, the capital city of Anambra State and Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of the state, were heavily impacted by flood on Monday July 27, following torrential rains that lasted from the early hours of Sunday.
By Monday afternoon, the flood had pulled down a residential building at Udoka Estate and submerged another at Ngozika Estate in Awka. The flood also made Awka Ring Road leading to Nibo impassable.
The flood, which made the Obibia River to overflow across the road, damaged farmlands and threw a truck carrying bags of packaged water into the river.
Six persons, including a Reverend Father, narrowly escaped being drowned when the flood submerged their vehicles on Awka Ring Road.
The Reverend Father was driving along the road when another vehicle ran into the flood and splashed water that affected his engine. As the cleric was trying to restart his car, the flood surged and submerged his car. He had to swim through the flood to safety.
Five others in a truck had to climb to the roof of the vehicle to escape drowning. The villagers later rescued them.
Governor Willie Obiano had to abruptly end the state executive council meeting he was chairing. He defied the torrential rains across the state to assess the havoc wreaked by the flood in some estates in Awka and Onitsha.
The governor, who was among early callers at Udoka Estate, where a couple was rescued after the collapse of the wall of their building, and Ngozika Estate, where another bungalow was submerged, warned the people of the state to stop building on water channels and avoid blocking of drainage.
He sympathised with retired AIG Ikemefuna Okoye, whose house was among the building submerged. Obiano instructed that the occupants be lodged in a hotel for few days, while remedial measures were made to check the flooding.
The governor, however, warned that government would not hesitate to demolish all buildings blocking the drains in the state so as to save lives.
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