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Rainstorm ravages Akwa Ibom communities

04 July 2012, 17:05

Akwa Ibom - Communities in Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom on Tuesday witnessed a rainstorm that wreaked havoc on homes and public utilities in the area.

Mostly affected were communities in Ward 2 of Nto Eton and Ikot Abia, where the rainstorm pulled down electricity poles, economic trees and roofs of homes and school buildings.

Narrating the ordeal of the villagers, a community leader, Chief Aniekan Ekanem, said that the electricity poles destroyed were installed through communal efforts.

``We raised funds for three years through harvesting of palm fruits to buy the electricity poles and cables for the communities.

``The communities are made up of subsistence farmers and our income base is very small,” Ekanem added.

He said that the only primary school in the area built 60 years ago had been devastated by the rainstorm.

``We really need assistance from government and public-spirited organisations to surmount this challenge,” Ekanem said.

Ekanem also called on the State Government to consider the construction of Nto Ideh Bridge and the major road, linking  his village with Nto Edino and Ukana Uwa villages.

NAN reports that it has been raining continuously in most parts of the state since the past one week.



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