There has been massive movement of residents from flood ravaged communities in Eket and Esit Eket local government areas of Akwa Ibom State due to increased rainfall in recent weeks to other communities in the state.
Nigerian Pilot had last week reported that more than 40 houses were submerged on Monday by flood in two communities of Eket local council with most of their residents fleeing to other communities to avoid being drowned in the flood.
The communities including Afaha Eket and Ikot Okubom communities in Eket local council and Afaha Ikot Eyo community in Esit Eket, have in recent times witnessed massive flooding with many houses reportedly submerged in those areas.
As a result, residents of the affected communities have now begun to relocate to safer areas in order to avoid any loss of life, as existing drainage systems become overstretched due to lack of maintenance.
In Afaha Ikot Eyo community where about 30 residential buildings and farmlands were destroyed by the rampaging flood with over 1,000 rendered homeless, the village head, Chief Samuel Ikene, told newsmen that some residents of the area had relocated to neighbouring communities after their houses were destroyed for fear of being killed by the flood.
“Since the rainstorm start on Sunday, the flood has been ravaging the community and people have been rendered homeless. Some people parked their properties to the neighbouring village for shelter. We don’t have a place to sleep or clothes to wear.
He said that the community had suffered considerable losses from the effect of flooding due to lack of drainage system in the community and called on the state government and other relevant stakeholders to come to their aid.
A resident of the community, Mrs. Martha Eyo said her family now reside in another community after neighbours helped her to rescue her children when the flood waters began to close in on their house.
“When I saw the flood moving to my house I had to shout and it was my neighbours that came to help me carry my children out of the house. We are now staying in another village and praying that the rains should stop,” she said.
In Afaha Eket, a traditional ruler in the area, Chief Enim Ekanem told newsmen last weekend that many residents of the area have been forced to relocate to other communities due to increased flooding in recent times which has also claimed two lives this year.
Ekanem, who disclosed this to newsmen in Eket weekend explained that two persons lost their lives last year while another two also died this year due to flooding occasioned by rain and poor drainage in the area.
“There is information that two people have drowned this year, and two last year, which is the present situation. We need help from government at all levels,’’ he said.
Similarly, in Ikot Okubom community, there were reports of residents, especially those whose houses had been submerged, relocating to other communities after buildings, including churches and the residence of an 87 year old man, were completely submerged by flood waters.
This, according to residents of the area, was caused by construction work on the East West road which impeded the flow of water.
Some residents of the flood hit areas of Uyo, including IBB Avenue, also suffered the same fate as they are now being forced to relocate due to increased flooding of their homes.

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