By Stanley Onyekwere
Hundreds of residents in Kuruduma and Kobi communities of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) have been thrown into deep despair, following a flash flood wrecked that killed 3 persons and destroyed numerous houses and other properties.
It was gathered that the flood that wrecked havoc, followed the heavy downpour that started around 1pm Monday, leaving scars of pains and sorrow on residents of these communities, where people build and live along the waterways and flood plain.
An eye witness, Ezekiel Kacha revealed that two children were swept away in Kuruduma community, while a young man identified as Uche, who was in his late 20s was carried away by the flood he was struggling to save his properties at Kobi village. One of the surviving victims, and a middle aged man, who refused to mention his name, but claimed he is a lawyer and a neighbour to Uche whose corpse was recovered Tuesday morning, noted that he saw when Uche was struggling for survival but was overpowered by the flood.
According to the lawyer, he escaped death by the whisker, because his own house was already over flooded, but was rescued by good spirited youths who braved the flood, came through the back of the house, broke the Windows to pull him out.
“I saw Uche, because his three bedroom flat, completely erased by the flood is opposite my own, he was standing aloof while I was shouting help, help, when my house was flooded.
“It took the timely intervention of some youths who came through the back, broke the iron burglary proofs, before pulling me out.
“I have lived in this place for two years, and have never seen this kind of flood.
‘Uche initially came out of his house, but rushed back, obviously to pick up something, unfortunately the flood over powered him and swept him and the plantain tree he clutched to, away,” he stressed.
Another affected residents, Sarah Zakka, who was struggling to scoop water and mud out of her Chemist shop in the place, noted that the flood took them unaware, but however expressed gratitude that she survived the flood.
She explained that her shop was was submerged, destroying all the goods.
She however noted that her loss was not up to what a poultry operator in the area suffered.
According to her, the poultry was completely washed away with all the birds, goats and pigs.
Confirming the flood incident via phone interview, the FCT Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA) spokesperson, Emeka Iwuagwu said that the agency had recovered one dead body after several hours of search through the water channels.
Iwuagwu also added that about three persons were rescued alive, immediately they received distressed calls and rushed to the communities.