BY CHIDI NKWOPARA, OWERRI.
The people of Okpala autonomous community in Ngor Okpala local government area of Imo State, are now counting their losses, occasioned by a devastating rainstorm that swept through the area last weekend.
Some of the traumatized villagers, who spoke to Vanguard yesterday on the issue, conservatively put the total loss at over N500 million.
Vanguard observed that cash crops, electrical installations, including high and low tension wires, as well as public and private buildings along the path of the ravaging storm, suffered varying degrees of massive destruction.
Apart from the flood, which submerged some family homes, one of the public buildings that was worst hit was Okpala Secondary School.
Our Correspondent equally noticed that the roofs of three of the school buildings were completely blown off, while the contents were now left to the vagaries of the weather.
A student of the collage, who simply gave his name as Emeka, expressed serious worry over the disaster, even as he wondered what they will do in the days ahead.
“Teaching and learning would be greatly affected by the destruction, unless government steps in immediately to remedy the ugly situation”.
Narrating the incident to newsmen, who rushed to the community to ascertain the level of devastation, the President General, Okpala Development Union, ODU, Mr. Roland Odoemenam, lamented that electrical installations were not spared by the ravaging storm.
“High and low tension electric wires, electric poles, its accessories, as well as a 200 KVA electric transformer that provides electricity to the community, were all destroyed by the rainstorm”, Odoemenam lamented.
He passionately to Imo State Government and all good spirited individuals and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the community.