Houses Flooded In Abakaliki As River Overflows Banks

flood_0Some residents of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital on Thursday experienced flooding after Iyiudene River overflowed its banks following a downpour.

It was learnt that the rain, which started at 1a.m, lasted for five hours and sacked people from their homes.

The flood also hindered the free flow of traffic on Works Road in the town.

Commenting on the development, Mr Umunna Igboke, the Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said his office would send an assessment team to the affected areas.

”This morning my office received the news of the overflow of the Iyiudene River and the devastations it had caused.

”We are making arrangement to dispatch our assessment team to the affected area before we will be able to make informed statement on the flood disaster,” he said.

It would be recalled that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had predicted heavy flooding during the year.

The agencies had warned people living along flood-prone areas to relocate to higher grounds to minimise losses.

Ebonyi was one of the states badly hit by the 2012 flood disaster, which destroyed farmlands, residential buildings and livestock. (NAN)