Flood destroys 175 houses, renders 3,000 homeless in C/ River

Massive flooding has destroyed more than 175 houses, rendered at least 3,000 people homeless in Cross River state, according to John Inaku, DirectorGeneral of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
Mr Inaku gave the update on flood situation in the state yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar, the state capital.
Mr Inaku, who said that the flood had seriously affected the victims, also said most of them had since relocated to upper lands for safety.
He, however, said no life had been lost in the menace, but disclosed that the flood started in the state in July.
According to him, most of the victims are living along the water channels while others in swampy areas.
He explained that the flood had affected residents in Boki, Ogoja, Yala, Calabar Municipality, Calabar South and other local government areas in the state.
“Cross River has always been affected by flood during the raining season.
Currently, we have over 175 houses destroyed and as a result, over 3,000 persons have been displaced.
“This menace has greatly affected farming activities, especially in Boki, Yala and a few others areas.” He listed the flooded areas in Calabar to include, Muritala Mohammed Highway, Ebito, Murray, Target and Nelson Mandela, Atu, Yellow Duke, Parliamentary, Efiote roundabout and Mayne Avenue streets.
(NAN)

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