Friday 17 June 2016

Photos: Ebonyi Governor to Pay Church's Rent After Flood Wreckage

The massive flood in Ebonyi State has attracted the humanitarian intervention of the executive governor. 

Governor Dave Umahi
The recent heavy downpour in Ebonyi state which took place on Saturday night/ Sunday morning has left massive ruins behind. The capital city of Abakaliki has been badly affected by the natural disaster as flood swept away the belongings of people and destroyed several building structures.
According to an eye witness, many residents, especially those living close to water channels were sacked from their homes following the rain which lasted close to six hours. While some homes were heavily flooded, many had the roofs of their abode blown off by breeze and storms that followed the rain.
The worst affected areas are Ogbaga road, Iyiokwu avenue, Onwe road, Hilltop Avenue, Udensi Road, Water Works Road, and Udemezue Street.

Service could not hold at the Christ Embassy 2 on Onwe Road as the premises were completely submerged. Many worshippers were seen milling around while others waded through the flood salvaging already drenched church properties.

Iyi-Udele River that runs at the middle of the town was flooded and all the buildings even 30 metres from the river bank were flooded leading to some walls and buildings almost caving in to the tidal wave.

Some new generation churches located at the bank of the River close to Water Works Road, were also affected.

Also, owners of shops and residential houses at Ogboaga road, Iyiokwu avenue, Onwe road and Hilltop Avenue lost properties worth millions of naira to the flood.

Governor David Umahi, who visited some of the affected areas described the incident as horrendous and directed that all structures blocking water channels be pulled down and drains be properly cleared.

The governor later directed the state Emergency Management Agency to compile the list of the victims and send same to him before midnight. He sympathised with the victims.
He publicly announced that the state was going to pay the one year rent of one of the badly affected churches in the area.
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