The torrential rain that fell in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, resulted in heavy flooding that has rendered at least 500 residents of Urua Ekpa, Afaha Oku and Udo Usanga streets homeless.
The flood also submerged the quarters of the village head, Chief Okon Mkpong.
Mkpong told reporters that the flood sacked him from his palace and that it was beyond what the village could handle.
He said that over the years, the community had written several letters to successive state governments to save it from the annual flooding, to no avail.
“The community has written to governments till date; nothing has happened. Since 1999, nothing has happened. If it was possible the community would have addressed the problem.
“It is difficult for us. Gov. Udom Emmanuel should come and help us. We are all members of PDP. It is sad that even the Village Head’s residence is under water and yet they say that Akwa Ibom is beautiful,’’ Mkpong said.
A trader, who simply identified herself as Mercy, expressed displeasure that the flood sacked many residents and crippled their businesses.
She said students of the University of Uyo, who were the majority of tenants as well as those who were doing businesses in the area, already left to safe locations.
She attributed the flooding in the area to the construction of new roads like Udoette, UNIUYO, Itam Market areas among others.
A resident, Mr Titus Sunday, said anytime it rained, his room was flooded, and he had nowhere to which to relocate.
“My room is flooded anytime it rains. When it rains like two or three hours, we relocate from our rooms. If you were here on Monday when it rained, you will not come up to this point,’’ he said.
A property owner in the area, Mr Ekpe Asuquo, said that residents could not quantify their losses over the years of the flooding and appealed to the state government to assist.
In his reaction, Mr Kufreabasi Edidem, member representing Itu Constituency at the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, said he had brought the problem of the people to the notice of the state government for possible intervention, which was yet to come.
He said that officials of the National Emergency Management Agency had visited the community and distributed some relief materials to residents.
The lawmaker appealed to the people to be patient, assuring that the problem of the community would be addressed in the 2022 state’s budget. (NAN)