Uyo - A weekend flood has destroyed a poultry farm in `Ifa Ikot Okpon' village in Uyo local government area of Akwa Ibom, killing no fewer than 1,000 birds in the farm, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)reports.
Narrating his ordeal, the poultry farmer, Mr Victor Edem, told NAN on Thursday: “I am just empty, down and out; I could not save the birds while the torrential rain lasted; the whole compound was flooded.
“I was running around to save some of my valuables, before I could get to the poultry farm no bird was left.”
Edem said that the rainstorm had destroyed his source of livelihood and appealed to the government and public spirited individuals for help.
Corroborating Edem’s story, Mr Charles Etimette, a staff of `The Pioneer' newspaper published by Akwa Ibom Newspaper Corporation, who resides in the same area, told NAN that the weekend flood was devastating.
Etimette said he was surprised at the volume of water that flowed into his compound along Etok Akpan Street in Uyo.
“It is the first time I have seen a thing like this. I never expected that the rain and the flood could be that violent. I will live to remember it,” Etimette said.
He said that he was only concerned to save his children while other valuable documents and pieces of furniture were destroyed.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Mr Enobong Uwah, in a public service announcement, released emergency phone lines for members of the public to call in any life threatening situation.
Uwah, whose ministry is in charge of flood control activities, said that the state government would take proactive measures in any emergency situation
He said that already, the ministry had embarked on de-silting drainages and waterways and appealed to residents to cooperate with government to avoid any form of natural disaster.