Flood destroys houses, displaces 51,000 people in Cross/River communities


The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) said flood has destroyed 4,370 houses and displaced over 51,000 people in 212 communities in the state.The Director General of SEMA, Mr. Princewill Ayim said that the incident occurred between July and September, adding that measures were taken to provide succour for the victims.

According to him, some of the victims abandoned their homes for safety, as the incident had brought untold hardship on them.

He mentioned some of the affected local government areas to include Boki, Etung, Biase, Calabar South, Calabar Municipal, Ogoja among others.

He also said that some agencies intervened by providing relief materials to the affected victims across the state to ameliorate their plight.

He disclosed that 19 cases of fire outbreaks were recorded in the state within the period under review, adding that property worth millions of Naira were destroyed in the incident.

He explained that Governor Ben Ayade of the state had at different times provided relief materials to the victims.