Many families have been rendered homeless with property worth millions of Naira destroyed by ravaging flood that followed a torrential rain in parts of Imo State yesterday.
The downpour, which started at about 2 am and lasted for about four hours, flooded several parts of Owerri city.
The story was the same in Egbu, particularly Umuayalu village, Owerri North local council area, parts of World Bank Housing Estate, Onitsha Road Industrial Area and other adjoining communities.
Several families residing in buildings along Ibeme Street, near the Relief Market, Owerri, were seen scooping water from their houses and trying to salvage whatever they could from the ruins.
Some vehicles were submerged in most of the places visited by Vanguard and no effort was made by owners to tow them to safety at press time.
Vanguard recalls that Chukwuma Nwaoha Road, Dick Tiger Street and many other streets in Amakohia and Akwakuma areas could not be accessed in vehicles as a result of the flood.
Lamenting her plight when Vanguard visited 4 Ibeme Street, Owerri, Dr. Onynye Nwachukwu, a veterinary doctor, said she could not immediately quantify the loss occasioned by the rampaging flood.
Dr. Nwachukwu lamented, ”You can see that the entire ground floor is flooded. Where do I start counting our loss? Is it from the veterinary drugs, poultry and animal feeds or personal effects? The damage is colossal.”
According to her, residents of the street had been trying to help themselves in the past, stressing that they had even constructed a culvert and taken other measures aimed at reducing the effects of the flood.