Many people living in Benin city has become homeless sequence to several hours of heavy rain on Saturday.

Our correspondent who went round to track the situation in the capital city of Edo state, gathered that several houses were impoverished by the overflow of water and others were  destroyed.

While part of the city was free by the overflowing water, the worst area hit by flood included, parts of the GRA, 1st East Circular, Akenwan road, Sakponba road, Erediauwa, off Sapele road, Okhoro as well as Ugbowo areas of the city.

Aparts from destruction and sinked houses, several cars were also annihilated by the overflowing of water.

Residents who are sweeping water from their homes are regretting over the annihilation of their properties by the heavy flood.

Some of the unlucky residents who spoke with NAN, drew attention to unknown future, if they are not help by the government to regain some of their lost properties.

Moses Izekor, while explaining the incident as pitiful, disclosed that they are looking at hopeless residents as the flood completely destroyed their house and properties.

Izekor who lives in Erediauwa, off Sapele road, castigates the flood in the area to the newly constructed road with bad water channels.

“When this road was being constructed, we complained about the way the channeling of the flood was being carried out but nobody listened to us. This is just about the first heavy rain this year and see what we are already experiencing,” he stated.

Also Uwadiac Osagie, a resident of Edosonwan around Ugbor, GRA, said people of the area were all caught in their homes by the heavy flood.

He disclosed that if not for the rescue theme of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), they would now be saying a different story.

The situation was not different with Mr Osazuwa Ighodaro, living in Erie, off Sakponba road, whose building caved in under the impact of the flood.

However, the government has attributed the flood to non adherence to building regulation and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainage.

Mr Yakubu Gowon, Special Adviser on Spacial Duties to the Governor, stated this while going round to assess the level of damages caused by the flood.

According to him, “These are the things the governor has always emphasised; that we obey building regulations and stop indecrimate waste disposal.

“We need to help ourselves because the government is doing a lot to ensure the city is rid of flooding incidents.”


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