Why Mararaba flood per­sists

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Alex Abutu

Maraba, a sub­urb of the FCT which serves as a host town for hun­dreds of work­ers in Abuja and also links many states to the FCT, has re­cently be­come a hotspot for flood.

The flash flood which oc­curs af­ter ev­ery rain­fall usu­ally blocks the Keffi-Abuja Ex­press­way, rav­aging peo­ple’s homes, de­stroy­ing prop­er­ties and caus­ing traf­fic grid­lock.

The flood sit­u­a­tion in the area ac­cord­ing to health ex­perts has wors­ened lately and may lead to out­break of dis­eases as the flood dis­charges con­tents of soak­away pits into the streets.

Res­i­dents do not also help mat­ters as they empty their refuse into wa­ter­ways as soon as it starts rain­ing, and this leaves the whole place lit­tered with refuse of all sorts when the flood wa­ter drains away.

Dr John Okon, a gen­eral med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner with one of the pri­vate med­i­cal clin­ics in the area, told Daily Trust that the area ex­pe­ri­ences one epi­demic or the other each rainy sea­son.

“As a doc­tor who had worked in this area for over 10 years, I have no­ticed that each rainy sea­son, the in­ci­dence of cer­tain kinds of ill­nesses goes up, re­sult­ing in many deaths, but be­cause those af­fected are highly poor and the area is even ne­glected no se­ri­ous study has been con­ducted to put this in per­spec­tive,” Okon added.

Mr. Idem Sun­day, a res­i­dent, said the chal­lenge of flood in the area was caused by the to­tal ab­sence of drainage sys­tem es­pe­cially on the high­way pass­ing through the place.

“From the bound­ary be­tween the FCT and Nasarawa State at Nyanya check point to Masaka, it will shock you to know that there are no drainages on both sides of the high­way. So would you be sur­prised that there is flood­ing ev­ery time it rains?,Sun­day said.

Daily Trust check also re­vealed that the state gov­ern­ment is con­struct­ing a refuse dump by the ex­p­sress­way by City Rock busstop to col­lect the moun­tain of refuse that causes traf­fic grid­lock on the road.

Photo: Seun Adeuyi

A refuse dump at Pipeline 2 ex­ten­sion in Kubwa.

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