Some residents of Benin City, Edo State capital, has been rendered homeless as a result of a heavy downpour on Saturday, which lasted for several hours.
Worst hit areas are Erediauwa off Sapele Road, where houses and vehicles have submerged by floodwater; Arousa off Saokponba Road; some areas in Ekenwan Road, 1st East Circular Road, Okhoror, and parts of Ugbowo, GRA and others.
Some residents of Erediauwa said the flooding in the area was as a result of the blockage of the Moat and diversion of rainwater channel by a construction company into the area, which they said was to serve the interest of an individual. A resident, Obosa Uwuwmagho said:
“The people that were brought here to work did a very poor job. The interest of one man is protected against the thousands of people that live here” Another, Nathaniel Imadomwonyi, added.
“They channelled the water’s right from Upper and other areas; they blocked the moat because of one man.” At Asoro, Off Sokpoba Road, Jennifer Osaro said the small dingy house where she stays with her children have been destroyed.
Isaac Ighodalo attributed the flood to the abandonment of the Benin Water Storm project, which was started by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole administration.
He said: “We have lost much property in this flood. Look at the house I built with my pension all taken over by flood. I don’t know why the water storm project started by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was abandoned. If this project was sustained we won’t be in the mess.”
Recal that NiMet forecast a severe dry spell that might last up to 10 to 21 days in the following states: Niger, Bauchi, Jigawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Kebbi, Yobe and Borno in the months of June and July. According to the agency, such dry spell may last between 2 to 3 weeks after the onset.
NiMet urged farmers to adopt soil-moisture conservation techniques to avoid crop losses during the period. “On flash floods, the normal to near normal rainfall pattern in the country does not rule out the possibility of isolated flash floods due to increasing high intensity rainfall at the peak of the season. “Especially, in areas that are naturally prone to flooding,“ the agency added.