Three dead as rain wreaks havoc in Abuja

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There was pandemonium in Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as early morning rain washed off many houses built on water ways leaving three dead.

Our Correspondent gathered that, the heavy rainfall which started around 2am on Saturday morning killed three children whose houses were submerged.

Their parents were said to have tried their best to save them but to no avail.

The heavy rainfall washed away cars, pulled down buildings and several soak aways were left open and completely damaged.

Bridges leading to Ikwa, Yimi and other villages inside Zuba were flooded and damaged leaving motorists turning to take alternative roads not motorable.

Residents were seen in clusters, empathizing and sympathizing with affected families whose properties had been washed off.

The Links News learnt that, over a hundred houses along the waterways were affected in various degrees.

All the houses, about ten to twenty metres from the river bank were completely submerged.

A man whose house was submerged made frantic effort to save his children with the help of sympathetic neighbours.

But the attempt to ferry the second child to safety turned tragic as the child mistakenly fell into the water and was washed away.

So far three children have been declared dead and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed.

Residents were seen drying their clothes, mattresses and other items that had been salvaged from the flood.

Meanwhile, the Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Idriss Abbas said that, there was a building collapse in Dawaki as a result of the flood.

Abbas also confirmed that Gwagwalada was flooded from Giri.

According to him: “A family of five were washed away at Giri. We got one body and still searching for four. We rescued six people and are in the hospital. The flood has damaged a lot of houses and properties especially at Gwagwalada. The residents are still saying some are missing but they cannot give us the identities of such persons who they claim to be missing”.

He, however, advised that, people should be careful when it is raining.

Abbas said: “They should not drive on water. They should not build on flood plain. They must respect the master plan of FCT and ensure that all drainages are clean. What happened in Giri-Gota was because people built on flood plain.”

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