The Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has said that at least 510 people were rendered homeless during two days of torrential rain that also destroyed about 70 houses and farmlands in the state. Mr. Princewill Ayim, the Acting Director General of the agency, said this on Friday in Calabar.
Ayim said that the heavy downpour destroyed property valued at several millions of naira.
The SEMA boss visited Calabar South, Calabar Municipality, Boki, Biase, Odukpani and Etung to ascertain the extent of damage caused by the disaster.
He said that the agency had carried out aggressive campaign before the rain set in advising residents on ways to avoid becoming victims of flooding.
Ayim said: “The affected residents have been relocated temporarily from their homes for safety and to avoid the outbreak of communicable diseases from the flood.
From our assessment tour, we recorded over 70 houses that were destroyed by the flood across the state and at least 510 displaced persons.Gov. Ben Ayade is taking steps to open more channels to ensure the free flow of water within Calabar metropolis and beyond.
I want to appeal to the Nigerian Government and the National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant government agencies to intervene by providing relief materials and succour to the victims.’’
He also said that the agency is working with the state Ministry of Health to ensure that the victims did not contract any diseases from the flood.