Karshi flood: Monarch tasks government on sensitisation of communities

By Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


In the wake of the recent flash flood that purportedly killed three persons in Karshi area of Abuja, the nation’s capital, the Chief of Karshi, Alhaji Ismaila Mohammed has called on relevant government agencies to intensify sensitisation of communities in flood prone areas.

This, the Monarch said was necessary to prevent the re-occurrence of flooding and other avoidable environmental disasters especially in rural communities in the Federal Capital Territory.

Alhaji Mohammed stated this while receiving the delegation of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) led by the Council Vice Chairman, Mr Lawrence Onuchukwu, on a condolence and assessment visit to the scene of the incident.

Recall that following a heavy downpour, a flash flood disaster occurred in the community, last Saturday, claiming the lives of three persons, who were said to be inside two vehicles taken away, due to the velocity of rain water around a slope in the area.

However, when a team of journalists visited the scene of the incidence, information broke that another unidentified body of a man has been recovered from a river bank in Kurape community, near Karshi.

Addressing the AMAC entourage, the Karshi Chief said stakeholders should be able to learn from the flood incident, which is the most important thing to do.

He noted that the relevant authorities should double their efforts to sensitise the communities along flood prone areas.

“In the meantime, only two bodies have been recovered from the scene of the incident. But so far, we are still searching for more missing persons.

“While we pray that God will prevent a repeat of the incident, we must also put precautionary measures in place, to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.

“There is arrangement to close the road whenever it rains, to avert a repeat of the incident in the area,” the Monarch stressed.

Earlier, the AMAC Vice Chairman, Mr Lawrence Onuchukwu who described the incident as unfortunate, given that it was avoidable, noted that the delegation was there for condolence and assessment visit.

Mr Onuchukwu assured residents of the area that the Council through its local emergency Committee will work with youth to sensitize various communities along flood prone areas, to prevent a reoccurrence in AMAC.

The team from Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, after inspecting the scene of the incident, also visited the family of late Esther Peter, 16, one of the victims of the Saturday’s flood.


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