Heavy rain de­stroys build­ings in Ow­erri

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Johnkennedy Uzoma, Ow­erri

Prop­er­ties worth sev­eral mil­lions of Naira have been de­stroyed by a heavy down pour that oc­curred in Ow­erri, re­cently.

Prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing both commercial and res­i­den­tial build­ings be­long­ing to res­i­dents of Amako­hia in Uratta, Ow­erri North Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Imo State, were de­stroyed

The ur­banised set­tle­ment host­ing thou­sands of civil and pub­lic ser­vants in Imo State, and sand­wiched be­tween Ak­wakuma com­mu­nity and the Federal Med­i­cal Cen­tre (FMC), Ow­erri, has tra­di­tion­ally fallen vic­tim to heavy tor­ren­tial rain storm, re­sult­ing in the loss of valu­able prop­er­ties.

Con­se­quently, mo­torists, com­muters, and commercial mo­tor cy­cle oper­a­tors be­came frus­trated as move­ment was com­pletely paral­ysed, forc­ing many people to trek long dis­tances be­fore get­ting to their des­ti­na­tions.

When Daily Trust vis­ited the em­bat­tled com­mu­nity, some of the ma­jor vic­tims of the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter were seen wear­ing long faces and lament­ing their woes, while as­sorted types of rav­aged prop­er­ties were be­ing moved to undis­closed places by their own­ers and sym­pa­this­ers.

When con­tacted for his re­ac­tion, the sec­re­tary of Amako­hia De­vel­op­ment Union Mr. Aloy Manu­for re­fused to com­ment on the in­ci­dent.

How­ever, a mem­ber of the cab­i­net of the tra­di­tional ruler of the com­mu­nity, Eze Boni­face Chi­bundu ( the Ama I of Amako­hia) Mr. Benson Njoku, re­gret­ted that sev­eral letters and pe­ti­tions writ­ten and for­warded to the state govern­ment for ur­gent so­lu­tion to the in­ces­sant prob­lem have failed to yield any re­sults.

Njoku also be­moaned that gut­ters in the com­mu­nity had been ex­ca­vated by the govern­ment with­out any­thing done to check pos­si­ble flood­ing.

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