Umuahia - A downpour in Umuahia and its surrounding villages in Abia, on Saturday destroyed many houses and other structures worth millions of Naira, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.
A correspondent, who visited some of the affected areas, observed that traders' wares were also washed off.
NAN also observed that many people missed Church services as they were busy sorting out valuables from the debris of collapsed structures.
Victoria Ijeoma, of 46 Lagos Street, Umuahia, told our correspondent that she lost more than N100 000 to the flood that "swept out everything in the house".
"My room was submerged by the flood; I lost my clothes, money and other household items.
"At the moment, I don’t have anything to eat because the flood carried my pot of soup and the other food items I have in this house. That is why I did not go to Church today,” she said.
Chinansa Oluchukwu, a widow and mother of four, said that she also lost everything in her room, including her children’s school books and uniforms.
"We want the government and other good people to help us because we have lost our means of livelihood.
"We also want the government to relocate us to a better place to avoid a repeat of this flood because we don’t have money to help ourselves.
"Since I lost my husband, I have tried to raise these children alone, so this tragedy is a huge a set-back,’’ she said.
Oluchukwu, who attributed the flooding to a poor drainage system in Umuahia, said that she had initially concluded that the end of the world had come.
Chukwuma Owunwanne, of 55 Bawas Street, described his experience as terrible and prayed against a repeat.
He claimed that residents of his compound lost "more than N2 million to the flood.''
"We lost everything in our compound to the flood; fridges, television sets, radio sets, rugs and pots of soup were all swept off.
"The main problem is the lack of drainage. The slab that covers the drainage must be closed so as to channel the flood to the right direction,” he said.
Owunwanne appealed to government to look into problems of drainage system in the city.
NAN reports that a section of the perimeter fence around the Abia State Health System Management Fund (ASHSMF), also collapsed on the building, throwing injection bottles, syringes and other hospital equipment into a neighbouring Church premise.