Early heavy downpour which lasted for several hours in Benin City, Edo State killed over 8,000 birds at a poultry farm in Igiede street off Erediauwa Street in Ikpoba-Okha local government area.
The owner of the poultry resorted to selling the dead birds for N500. Residents in the area rushed to purchase the dead birds even as they were protesting the submerging of over 50 houses in eight streets affected by the flood in the area. Four elderly persons who almost got drown inside their rooms were rescued and taken to a nearby hospital. The protesting Erediauwa residents blocked the road and turned motorists back.
Erediauwa Street is a link road between Upper Sokponba and Sapele road. The road has been in bad shape until the recent construction of the road which the people now blame for their woes.
A retired soldier, Sergeant Solomon Erhabor, who wept profusely said the house he just lost to the flood was his only benefit from the Nigerian Army. Erhabor said the construction of the road and the poor side drains caused the flood to enter adjoining streets. He said the contractor was supposed to channel the flood to a nearby moat but refused to do so to avoid payment of compensation. Another victim, Mrs. Margaret Imade, said casualties would have been recorded if the rain had fallen at night.
Margret said she was preparing the morning meal when flood water entered their house. According to her, “Government should come to our aid. We have been living in our house for over 40 years and flood has not entered before. We were lucky that we ran out.” Mrs Elisabeth Imadonmwonyi called on National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to them because they are now going to be living like refugees in another man’s house. Other parts of the state affected by the flood included the Federal High Court and premises of the state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) both located at Ikpoba-hill as well as parts of the Government Reservation Area.
When contacted for comments, commissioner for Infrastructure, Mr. Abraham Amielomen, said he would send a team to ascertain the level of damage.
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