Property worth millions of Naira has been destroyed by flash flood that occurred in many parts of Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
Some of the affected residential areas include parts of Agbaja Road Hill top, Udemezue, Orifite, Obodoukwu, Obi Streets as well as Hatchery and Onwe Roads.
The flood also affected about three churches located at different parts of the city, office blocks at Government Technical College and a poultry farm at Udensi Street where at least three hundred birds were killed.
When Radio Nigeria visited the areas, the victims were seen either scooping water out of their apartments or salvaging what remains of their belongings.
Some of them, Mr Michael Udenwe and Agbo Franklin explained that the flood came from Iyiudune and Iyiokwu rivers which run through the capital city while others blamed the incident on the reconstruction of roads in their areas.
The Chairman Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency, Evangelist Ephraim Ononye described the disaster as unfortunate noting that there would be collaboration with other relevant Agencies on ways to assist the victims.
After being conducted around the affected areas, Governor David Umahi blamed the incident on the construction of houses along the water ways noting that the state government would commission a study on how to open up the rivers for free flow of water.
Chief Umahi also announced the revocation of Certificate of Occupancy of a property adjacent to Azuiyiokwu Bridge by Enugu Abakaliki Expressway and ordered residents of twelve and thirteen Oraifite Street which were also affected by the flood to evacuate immediately to avoid another disaster.
packaged by our correspondent Amechi Odoh