Flood destroys over N15m worth of goods in Abia

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A heavy downpour in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia state, South-East Nigeria, has left many homes, shops and markets submerged by flood.

Goods estimated at over N15 million were destroyed by the flood.

Mr. Obinna Ogugua, a trader in the market, was said to have lost 32 bales of clothes, worth about N2.9 million.

The more than six hours rain also flooded the Ahuronye, Nwaogu and Mathew streets on Obuda/Eziukwu and Ohanku roads in the Ndiegoro area of the city, leaving many houses flooded..

Mr. Okechukwu Egechi, a landlord in the area, said that Wednesday’s  experience was not new to them.

Egechi, however, said that the extent of flood and resultant damage of property was significantly higher than similar incidents in the recent past.

He said that he was away when the rain started, but regretted that it was difficult for him to access his house when he returned at end of the rain due to the heavy flood.

Mr Oriaku Chisom, a Senior Pastor at the Garden of Life Ministries, situated at No. 6 Ahuronye Street, said that flooding had become a perennial problem in the area. He explained that although he was sent parking from his residence in the area by flood some years ago, his church was still situated there.