25 July 2020 By Remi Johnson
The torrential rainfall of today has washed away many houses built on water ways leaving three children dead and property worth millions of Naira destroyed in Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory.
The children were reportedly said to be in houses that were submerged as a result of the downpour.
The rains also pulled down buildings, destroyed several soak aways, destroyed the bridge leading to Ikwa, Yimi and other villages inside Zuba; leaving motorists with no option but to use an alternative route.
Over hundred houses along the waterways and others, about ten to twenty metres from the river bank,were affected in various degrees.
Reacting to the flood incidence, the Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Alhaji Abbass Idriss empathised with the affected persons and stressed the need for residents to desist from blocking drainages and building on flood plains.
Alhaji Idriss also noted that the rains resulted to a building collapse in Dawaki, flooded Giri and
Swept away people and houses in Gwagwalada.
His words: “A family of five were swept away at Giri. We got one body and still searching for four. We rescued six people who are now in the hospital. The flood has damaged a lot of houses and property especially at Gwagwalada. The residents are still saying some are missing but they cannot give us the identities of such persons who they claim to be missing”.He Explained.
The FEMA DG who attributed the cause of the flood at Giri-Gota area to the people that built on flood plains, advised residents to respect the FCT master plan and regularly clean the drainages around their vicinity.