FCTA residents suffer another flooding

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


Another flood has wrecked havoc in Kuruduma and Kobi communities, suburb of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, killing three persons, sweeping away houses and other properties.

The flood followed the heavy downpour that started around 1pm on Monday inflicted pains and sorrow on residents of these communities who build and live along the water channels.

Confirming the flood incident, the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spokesperson, Emeka  Iwuagwu said that ”the agency had recovered one dead body after several hours of search through the water channels”. 

Iwuagwu added that about three persons were rescued alive, immediately they received distressed calls and rushed to the communities.

An eye witness, Ezekiel Kacha stated that about two children were swept away in Kuruduma community, while a young man in his late 20s and also identified as Uche was carried away by the flood while struggling to save his properties at Kobi village.

One of the victims, a middle aged man, who is also a lawyer and a neighbour to Uche whose corpse was recovered on Tuesday morning, noted that he saw when Uche was struggling for survival but was overpowered by the flood.

He also said he escaped death by the whisker, because his house was already over flooded, but was rescued by “good spirited youths who braved the flood, came through the back of the house and broke the windows to pull him out”.

Another victim, Sarah Zakka, who was struggling to scoop water and mud out of her Chemist shop in the place, noted that the flood took them unaware, but however expressed gratitude that she survived the flood.

She, however, noted that her loss was not up to what a poultry operator in the area suffered.

According to her, the poultry was completely washed away with all the birds, goats and pigs.

Sammie Idika