By JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
Calabar—Over 500 people have been displaced in Cross River State as a result of the heavy rainfall which lasted four days, while property worth over N100 million were destroyed.
Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Vincent Aquah, who confirmed this in Calabar, said the persistent rain caused socio-economic damage and destroyed more than 106 hectars of farmland.
Aquah said over 40 houses in Calabar and its environs were flooded, leading to the displacement of about 500 people in various parts of the state.
The SEMA boss said that based on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, predictions for higher rainfall this year, more devastating rainstorms would occur, and may wreck more havoc.
He, however, noted that the state government was doing everything possible to ameliorate the sufferings of those affected by the flood.
Mr. Aquah said despite the challenges facing SEMA, especially in the area of mobility, the staff were determined to carry out rapid assessment and other intervention measures.
He advised the people to urgently contact relevant authorities for rescue whenever there was serious flooding and to vacate such places to avoid loss of lives.