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Seven days downpour wreaks havoc in Calabar

By Emma Una

CALABAR—TOR-RENTIAL rains in Calabar, Cross River State and environs  in the past seven days, have left many homes  flooded and  businesses  in comatose.

The rains which have been pouring since last week  Monday have caused disruption in  flights into the city with roads waterlogged and  many neighbourhoods flooded.

Houses in places such as  Anatigha, Palm Street Extension, Edim Otop, Ikot Enebong,  Nyahasang and several other flood prone areas in the city have been  flooded with property worth millions of naira destroyed.

Mr Archibong Ekpo, a resident of Dr Dean Street in Anantigha area of the city, told Vanguard that the water level in the area rose uncontrollably after torrential rainfall on Thursday leaving his house and 15 others flooded.

“With the rain falling none-stop,  we could not  remove our property when the water le vel rose and entered  our houses. We tried to put some of our household property on top of tables and desks but the water kept rising till they were submerged.”

He said the rains have made going to work difficult for some workers  as most taxis are not able to ply the roads since they are waterlogged to avoid being stuck or swept away.

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