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FLOOD: 60-Year-Old A’Ibom Trader Loses Life, Youths Blame Govt



A 60-year-old petty trader has been killed by the Wednesday deadly rainstorm in Nkemba Street Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
It was reported that all efforts to rescue the victim were unsuccessful as the waves was fast enough to sweep her into an open hole that linked an underground drainage facility.
A resident of the area, Anietie Sam, who narrated the incident to newsmen on Friday, said the victim while returning from the market in the rain at about 4:30 pm was swept away by the flood.
“Actually we made efforts to rescue the woman but it was difficult because she was swept away uncontrollably by the flood to an open hole linking the underground drainage facility,” he said.
He lamented that officials of the state waste management and environmental protection agency had opened the slabs of the drainage facility three years ago but failed to cover it back after removing sewage.
Meanwhile, the youths of the area, who protested the death of the woman, called on the state government to recover her remains and compensate the family as well as give her a befitting burial.
Speaking on behalf of the youths, Comrade Effiong Asuquo blamed the Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals for what he described as a “lack of sincere commitment to environmental protection.”
However, the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Mineral, Sir Charles Udoh, expressed a deep sense of sadness over the incident and appealed for calm as frantic efforts were on to retrieve the corpse for burial.
“I am on the spot of the incident right now to find the dead body. So, I have ordered for equipment to come. We need to break the slabs and the gutters so we can pull them to find the dead body.
“After that, I will make a proposal to the governor on how to prevent future occurrences,” he assured.
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