More than Sixty houses have been submerged at the Federal Housing Estate Egbu in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State following a downpour that lasted over ten hours. The torrential rainfall which started in the early hours of the morning was characterized with flooding taking over houses, a unity school, shops and roads in some parts of the state.
When Radio Nigeria visited the areas affected by the flood, some of the victims were seen inside the flood water which rose up to the shoulder level trying to save their property. The Court of the Anglican Bishop of Egbu Diocese, the Right Reverend Geoffrey Okoroafor was not spared as the entire premises were overtaken by flood.
The Chaplain of the Bishop, Reverend Progress Okoroafor said that documents, computer sets and furniture in the Bishop’s office were affected by the flood. Victims of the disaster are calling on the State and Federal Governments to urgently come to their aid as many of them are now homeless.
The Coordinator Imo State Emergency Management Agency, Mrs. Uche Ezeonyeasi in an interview blamed the flooding on illegal buildings cited along the water ways, noting that government would assess the extent of the damage in the affected area.