Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Torrential rainfall leaves one dead, several missing in Gwagwalada


At least one person has been confirmed dead and several others missing following the heavy rainfall that flooded most parts of the FCT over the weekend.
The rains which started around 3am on Saturday, left several persons wounded and some buildings collapsed in Gwagwalada Area Council of the territory.
Our correspondent gathered that the flood also washed part of the bridge leading to Ikwa, Yimi and other villages in Zuba leaving motorists seeking out alternative routes to get into Zuba town.
Residents  were seen in clusters, empathizing and sympathizing with affected families whose properties had been washed off.
Confirming the incident, the DG of FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Idriss Abbas, said parts of the the council was flooded starting from Girl.
"There was a building collapse in Dawaki as a result of the flood. Gwagwalada is flooded from Giri. A family of five were flooded at Giri. We got one body and still searching for four. We rescued six people and are in the hospital.
"The flood has damaged a lot of houses and property especially at Gwagwalada. The residents are still saying some are missing but they cannot give us the identities of such persons who they claim to be missing."
He warned residents to be careful when it is raining, "They should not drive on water. They should not build on flood plain. They must respect the master plan of FCT and ensure that all drainages are clean. What happened in Giri-Gota was because people built on flood plain."

 

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