By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”HUNDREDS of people have been rendered homeless in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, following a devastating rain storm that hit over 100 houses in some communities in the council.Â Property worth millions of naira were also lost in the disaster.
The tragedy which occurred last weekend also destroyed the houses of a privately owned Institute of Construction and Engineering, affiliated to the Federal University of Technology, Oweerri, FUTO, and Central Primary School all located in the heart of the town.
The traditional ruler of Adogbalato Kingdom, Awgu, Igwe Chris Oti, who conducted reporters round the affected areas yesterday, lamented the untold hardship which the natural disaster had subjected his people to, saying that hundreds of people in the community had been rendered homeless as a result of the tragedy.
He said that a thunderstorm accompanied by strong wind hit the community before the heavy downpour that lasted for over two hours, adding that a similar incident occurred in 1988 but was not as severe as the present one.
Igwe Oti, who appealed to the State and Federal Governments to come to the aid of his people, said the disaster had devastated the area, adding that the victims were mostly widows and poor farmers.
He said, â€œI am appealing to government and other relevant agencies to come to the assistance of my people who are now going through untold hardship occasioned by the last Sundayâ€™s rain storm, which has rendered scores of families homeless. I must tell you gentlemen of the press, my people are really suffering, we lack every social amenities, no potable drinking water, no access road to evacuate our farm proceeds and we donâ€™t even have health centres to address the medical problems of the people.â€
Some of the victims also appealed to the Federal and State governments as well as good spirited individuals to come their aid, adding that they were not prepared for such a problem at this period of economic crunch.
The Director of the affected Institute, Mr. Sunny Iloh,Â said the schoolÂ lost over N14.3 million worth of Signal Generator and Gene-scope electrical equipment to the storm,Â adding that he had been forced to send his students home until the roof of the three-storey building was replaced.According to him, they had written a Save Our Soul, message to the state Governor, Sullivan Chime to assist in rehabilitating them.