Atleast four persons were drowned by flooding in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom in the last one year, village head of Ekpene Afaha Eket, Chief Enim Ekanem has said.
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.
The royal father stated that Afaha Eket community has been worst affected as rain water from other parts of Eket washes towards the community with the drainage system in the area having suffered neglect for long.
He further stated that with increased and unabated rainfall in the last three weeks in the area there are fears that more people could lose their lives with recent flooding in the area submerging many houses with thousands already rendered homeless and forced to relocate to other communities.
“We always suffer because of flood being that the whole water in Eket Urban is channel to Afaha Eket and its environs and now that the rains have been falling ceaselessly we only pray that more people will not die .’’ He said.
Ekanem appealed to the state government to do something urgent on the drainage in the area and control the flood while calling on the State Emergency Management Agency and other relevant stakeholders to donate relief materials to the affected victims.
He however decried the poor sanitary behaviour of residents of the area which has led to blockage of drains and called on the Eket Town Planning Authority to channel flood water away from residential areas.
“In addition to that the Federal Government should also do something about dredging the Eketai River in order for it to carry higher volume of water, and eve other rivers in Eket because many of them are now shallow and due for dredging.
“This area produce most of the wealth of the nation and the people who owns and live here should not be allowed to suffer like this.” He said.
Nigerian Pilot had earlier this week reported that more than 40 houses were submerged on Monday by flooding in two communities of Eket local council with most of their residents fleeing to other communities to avoid being drowned in the flood.

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