Flood claims 4 lives, sweeps away 26 vehicles in Abuja

By Daniel Tyokua

Flood on Sunday night, claimed four lives and swept away twenty six vehicles at  Trademore, Light Gold, Wisdom Estates and Lugbe community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Director FCT  Emergency Management Agency ,FEMA, Abbas Idriss who confirmed the incident, said the flood smashed over twenty six (26) vehicles-  including an articulated  towing van.

 He explained that the heavy downpour which resulted to the flood started by 9.Pm on Sunday night till 4.Am on Monday.
Idriss said summary of the impact of the flood on the affected locations apart from lives and vehicles, in total were 166 houses.
“We have established in the course of rescue operations which began from 9: 00 pm of 12th September 2021 up to 13th September 2021 that four (4) persons lost their lives to the flood and the recovered bodies have been taken by the  families”.

The FEMA-DG also disclosed that a yet-to-be named senior operative of the Department of State Service (DSS)  also died in the flood.

He appealed  to all residents of the Federal Capital Territory especially Developers to desist from violating the approved building codes in the Federal Capital Territory. 

“We are appealing to developers to stop erecting retention walls to protect storm water from flowing, by doing so they are causing more havoc to the community. We also call on all residents to always call the 112 toll-free Emergency number to get prompt response when there is any form of threat or danger, as the Search and Rescue team of the Agency alongside other emergency stakeholders are on 24/7 alert.

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