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Flood affects over 50 houses in Abuja estate

06 May 2014, 20:51

Abuja - No fewer than 50 houses at the Trademoore Estate on the Airport road, Abuja, were on Monday flooded during the early morning rains in Abuja.

Some residents of the estate, said the flood was as result of poor drainage system constructed by the developers.

Tina Madu, a supermarket attendant close to the only bridge in the estate, which was submerged blamed the developer on poor drainage system.

"This is the third time we are experiencing this king of flood, it is risky and my shop is very close to the bridge.

"The owner of the estate must act fast because the bridge is not strong and can collapse anytime,’’ she said.

Chinedu Obasi, an architect, a resident in the estate, blamed the flooding on dumping of refuse into the drainage.

"As you can see, the whole place is filled with debris and water must find its way, the flood must look for somebody’s house, office or anywhere for it to flow.

"Apart from getting solution to the problem, resident must avoid throwing refuse inside the drainage.

"The estate was not properly planned in terms of providing smaller drainage apart from the big drainage, which is the bridge between phase one and two of the estate.

"There are no gutters along the streets and water comes from anywhere into the big drainage," Obasi said.

Another resident, Sarah Ogah said the flood disrupted activities in the estate as many could neither go out at all nor go to their various places of work on time.

"We need proper channelisation of the drainage system, as you can see many houses have been flooded, this is terrible, imagine on a Monday morning.

"We just thank God that no life was lost, that is the major thing, but repairs must be done quickly," Ogah said.

Isaac Jacob, another resident said that the early hour downpour collapsed the fence around his apartment.

"The appropriate authorities must trace the problem of the flood so that it will not occur again.

"There should be other entrance in and out of the estate rather than depending on the only bridge in the estate,’’ he said.

Kehinde Oke, the Superintendent, Rescue Team of the Civil Defence, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Division, said the flood was as result of houses built on waterways.

Oke blamed the estate developer for constructing just one drainage for a big estate with over 2 000 houses.

He advised that more drainage be constructed to avoid future occurrences.

"The owner of the estate constructed a narrow drainage for an estate of 2000 houses; all the affected houses were built on waterway.

"At least, we have discovered 16 houses already that must be demolished to avoid more floods; the houses were built on sand-fill waterlog areas," he said.

He noted that the only bridge constructed for the estate with four phases was not properly built, saying it was already weak.

"The bridge is already weak and the estate is supposed to have other alternative bridges to avoid disasters; the carnal is also block with refuse.’’

Suleiman Mohammed, the Chief Superintendent, the Department of Forecast Response and Mitigation, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the estate was not properly planned considering the terrain of the environment.

Mohammed said that the gravity of property destroyed as a result of the rain was enormous, adding that the flood pulled down some fence and entered into many apartments.

"The rain has just started and we can see the gravity of the flood already; we have been battling to evacuate the water out of all the affected houses.’’

He called on Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to look into the allocation and proffer solutions on proper planning to avoid more floods.

"I totally condemned the bridge, because it was supposed to be wider and higher to accommodate the volume of water that submerged it,’’ he said.

All efforts to speak with the estate management proved abortive as nobody was on ground at the time of filing the report.

 - NAN

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