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Published On: Sun, Aug 24th, 2014

Gwagwalada flood: Victims beg gov’t for relief materials

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By Usman Shuaibu

Some victims of Friday’s heavy downpour which caused a heavy Flood that wreaked havoc on various parts of Gwagwalada area council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday called on government to provide them with relief materials.

Peoples Daily recalls that the flood caused by rainstorm that occurred at the weekend, allegedly claimed the lives of three children, domestic animals and destroyed homes at the various parts of the council.

The flood which affected areas such as; Angwan Bassa, New Kutunku, Abattoir, Angwan Dodo, Angwan Tiv, Angwan Ajara and Dagiri respectively, ruined over a hundred houses, thereby making many people homeless.

While in some of the areas many houses were entirely submerged up to roof level, in majority of the places, hitherto dry lands were turned into waterloo area, with people  barely able to walk through.

Consequently, commercial activities were brought to a halt, as the flood water submerged most shops in the area, extensively sweeping off goods and other valuables, estimated to be worth millions.

Also, vehicular movement along the popular New Kutunku and Park Road axis recoded serious congestion, due to the roads being over-flooded with water.

A victim, Chief, Ibrahim R. Ayiya, appealed to the government to reconstruct the bridges in Gwagwalada, so as to enable the water move freely without bouncing back.

Another victim, in Angwan Bassa, Mallam Lawal Yaro, called on the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed as well as the council chairman, Hon. Abubakar Jibrin Giri, to provide needed relief materials for the affected persons in the area.

He further appealed to the FCT minister and Gwagwalada chairman, to procure some bags of cements for those people whose houses were collapsed during the disaster, to enable them to rebuild their houses.

Similarly, Mallan Rabiu Isah, one of the victims who also spoke with Peoples Daily, urged the government of the day to assist the affected persons by providing them with money so as to erect their collapsed houses.

He urged the victims to deem it necessary to erect their houses whenever the money is made available to them by the government to avoid further flood.

He begged the government of Gwagwalada area council to construct culverts as well as repair water ways, to enable the water to flow easily.

Isah, however, advised the entire residents of Gwagwalada to avoid dumping refuse into the sewage or waterways.

Not left out, in their separate remarks, Mrs. Favour Michael and Mr. Reuben James Obaje, urged the government to provide them with the necessary assistance to enable them cope with life, saying that their foodstuffs were destroyed by the disaster.

They appealed to the government to heed to the plea of the victims, by giving the relief materials directly to them instead of going through the rulers, when the need arises.

Reacting to the incident, the district head of Gwagwalada, Alhaji Mohammed Alakayi, warned the people against building houses close to the river banks.

Meanwhile, the Gwagwalada Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Mr. Patrick Daaor, who confirmed the flood incident, advised the people to avoid flood prone areas.

This, he said would help in preventing further loss of lives and property, while urging the people to report cases of missing persons to the police for immediate action.

It would be recalled that in 2010, a similar flood ravaged many houses and other valuables in the area.

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