Rain wreaks havoc in Cal­abar

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Res­i­dents of Web­ber Street in Cal­abar South LGA of Cross River State are now count­ing their losses as a heavy down­pour, last Sun­day, has left some home­less while oth­ers have had their property de­stroyed.

The rain, which came with heavy wind­storm, ripped open many roofs and also left many parts of the city flooded, de­spite govern­ment and com­mu­nal ef­forts to con­tain neigh­bour­hood floods.

But ac­cord­ing to a res­i­dent on Web­ber Street, Bar­ris­ter Edet At­ing, who had his fam­ily house de­stroyed, “the rain left be­hind wan­ton de­struc­tion and my neigh­bours and I are now in pa­thetic sit­u­a­tions.”

At­ing said the street which was named af­ter an English Judge and where the first indige­nous In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Louis Edet lived, was no longer mo­torable.

An­other eye­wit­ness, Chief In­no­cent Ekpeny­ong, lamented that perime­ter walls and trees were pulled down, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for ram­shackle struc­tures and other prop­er­ties to be de­stroyed.

In Ubenekang, Idang and Nsemo Streets, in the Ambo neigh­bour­hood, also in Cal­abar South LGA, the one-day rain and its at­ten­dant heavy flood and aided by ero­sion, ef­fort­lessly pulled struc­tures.

Plead­ing for govern­ment ur­gent in­ter­ven­tion in the area, a res­i­dent, Okon Essien Ef­fiom, urged govern­ment to curb the men­ace of ero­sion.

But the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to Gover­nor Liyel Imoke, Chris­tian Ita, said the govern­ment has spent plenty of re­sources to com­bat the men­ace, es­pe­cially in Cal­abar me­trop­o­lis, adding that govern­ment was also part­ner­ing with World Bank and other or­gan­i­sa­tions in this re­gard.

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