By Alemma Aliu
BENIN—RESIDENTS in several parts of the Benin City, Edo State, were rendered homeless as a result of over four hours early morning downpour.
In Erediauwa, off Sapele Road, houses were submerged. Though no life was lost, a poultry farmer lost over 8,000 birds at Igiede Street off Erediauwa Street in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state.
The owner of the poultry resorted to selling the dead birds for N500.
Four elderly persons, who almost got drowned inside their rooms, were rescued and taken to a nearby hospital.
The protesting Erediauwa residents then blocked the road, turning motorists back.
Erediauwa Street is a link road between Upper Sokponba and Sapele Road. The road has been in bad shape until the recent construction of the road, which the people now blame for their woes.
A retired soldier, Sergeant Solomon Erhabor, who wept profusely said the house he just lost to the flood was his only benefit from the Nigerian Army.
Erhabor said the construction of the road and the poor side drains caused the flood to enter adjoining streets.
Another victim, Mrs. Margaret Imade, said casualties would have been recorded if the rain had fallen at night.
Margret said she was preparing the morning meal when flood water entered their house.
According to her, “government should come to our aid. We have been living in our house for over 40 years and flood has not entered before.”
Other parts of the state affected by the flood include the Federal High Court and premises of the state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, both located at Ikpoba Hill as well as parts of the Government Reservation Area.
Contacted, Commissioner for Infrastructure, Mr. Abraham Amielomen, said he will send a team there for inspection.