person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder September 21, 2019 05:38:55


 By Chukwuka Ugokwe :

Awka, Sept, 20, 2019 (MOI) Palpable fears and apprehension have gripped residents and no fewer than 650 pupils of Eziogbo Primary School, Okukwa Village, Amansea, Awka North Local Government Area.

This followed upsurge of mysterious floodwaters that had submerged appreciable part of the school and other areas.

Already, uncontrolled upsurge of floodwaters took its toll on structures within the locality, as the Community’s Civic Centre, Eziogbo Primary School and many residential buildings were submerged.

A correspondent, who was at the scene of the incident, gathered that residents of affected area now live in danger of being displaced by the raging floodwaters gushing out from underground.

Commenting on the development, the Head Mistress, Eziogbo Primary School, Mrs Leticia Umeadi, described the situation as unusual, saying it was noticed on resumption of school after the long vacation.

``Since I started working in this school in 2012, I have never witnessed this type of problem. It was on Sept. 16, when the school re-opened to observe floodwaters everywhere within school premises.

``I thought it was floodwaters coming from the road, but only to notice that buildings behind the school were already covered by raging floodwaters coming out from underground,’’ Mrs Umeadi said.

While lamenting damages occasioned by the situation, she called for urgent intervention measures by relevant authorities to control the situation to allow for hitch-free academic session in the school.

Mr Isaac Okoye, Secretary-General, Amansea Development Union (ADU), told newsmen that the source of the ravaging flooding had yet to be ascertained, but quickly added that their existence was being threatened.

``We have never witnessed this kind of thing in our community. This cannot be attributed to flood because there is no flood infested area around the village.

``Many buildings are now submerged in the village and the road linking Egbeagu and Ifite Awka -- Unizik road is being gradually cut off by the surging flood,’’ he said

He, then, called for government attention to remedy the situation to avoid plunging the inhabitants into greater sorrows and untold hardship that could require resettlement in holding centres.

Narrating his ordeal, one of the affected persons, Mr Martin Obi, lamented that his compound had been submerged by the floodwaters resulting in loss of economic trees and personal effects. (MOI)