Abuja Floods: DSS Official, Four Others Drowned

*26 Vehicles Swept Away
*166 Houses Affected
Trademore Estate, in Lugbe area, along Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway, also known as Airport Road, Abuja, was on Sunday night, ravaged by floods that left an unidentified official of the Department of State Services, DSS, and several other persons dead.
The DSS official, swept away in his car, reportedly went to a nearby pharmacy to get some drugs while the rains fell. Warned not to venture into the deluge given its high velocity, he however, ignored the warnings and drove into the swirling flood. He was subsequently swept away in his Range Rover 4 Wheel drive.
“Lives were lost. Homes destroyed. Businesses ruined. Cars uprooted and carried away and families rendered homeless. A man in a Range Rover was reportedly swept by the flood into the bridge by the police station and was found dead,” a resident volunteered.
Eye witness accounts disclosed that beyond the dead, the flood also swept 26 vehicles away just as it destroyed about 166 houses.
One of the affected buildings, housing Prognosy Pharmacy and Supermarket, reportedly lost everything on its hold as the items were observed to have been damaged by the flood.
“A young lady who served out her NYSC in an office years ago is looking for the car she parked outside last night. Probably her biggest investment from savings and loans.
“The owner of a supermarket in the estate had his home and cars destroyed, his family has moved into the supermarket for shelter.
“All the goods in Prognosis Pharmacy and Supermarket are out on the street this morning damaged by the flood. That has been the reality in Trademore Estate for some years now.
The rain that left a trail of death, destruction and ruin at the Trademore Estate in Sunday, is said to be one of the worst in years. Though official reasons for the huge deluge has not been given, residents say however, that its devastating impact this year may not be unconnected to the influx of more estates and buildings along the axis most of which are not in consona with extant urban renewal laws. They also cited instances where developers sandfilled existing waterways while also building on them.
“My observation is that the key problem is the houses built on the water ways by the estate developer. The houses had been marked for demolition in the past but there was no enforcement possibly because there was no compensation for affected families,” a resident volunteered.
Last year, several people reportedly lost their lives also just as properties, estimated in millions, were lost. Allegedly the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, the agency responsible for monitoring urban planning is said to be aware of the problem and causes but for some unexplained reasons, refused to act.
Attempts by www.2n-network.com to ascertain the true position from the FCDA proved unsuccessful as enquiries forwarded to the agency via one of its social medial handles were not responded to as at the time oof filing the report.

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