Twenty-one communities in Cross River State
were badly affected by flood between July and
August this year, claiming not less than 15
Mr. John Inaku, the Director-General of the
Cross River State Emergency Management
Agency, made the disclosure while assessing
the extent of damage in flooded areas in
Calabar South on Monday.
Four major streets in Calabar South, including
Goldie, Target, Yellow-Duke, Ekpo-Abasi and
others were heavily flooded after a down pour
early on Monday.
Inaku listed Local Government Areas in the
state affected by flooding as Obudu, Yala,
Ogoja, Boki, Etung, Ikom, Obubra, Abi, Biase,
Akamkpa, Odukpani and Calabar South.
According to him, no fewer than 21
communities in 12 Local Government Areas in
the state have been flooded with thousands of
According to NAN, Inaku said that crops, such
as cassava, yams, groundnuts, okro,
vegetables and other cash crops were also
destroyed by the flooding.
“Between July and August this year, we have
witnessed 217 flood cases in 21 communities
in 12 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Sadly, 15 people have lost their lives to the
tragic incidents. Seven died in Biase, four in
Ogoja, three in Yala and one in Obubra Local
“We are appealing to the state and Federal
Government to look into the plight of these
people, particularly Biase people, where water
washed away people while they were asleep.
“Some of the victims died as they went to
harvest their farm produce while others died
while trying to safeguard their canoes and
The director-general, however, warned
residents in Calabar metropolis to stop
dumping refuse in water channels, saying that
such acts were blocking drainage and causing
One of the flood victims in Calabar South, Mr.
James Okon, who was seen removing
valuables from his house, said the area usually
witnessed flooding during the rainy season.
According to Okon, efforts by residents in the
area to draw the attention of government to
their plight have not yielded any result.
“The issue of flooding in this area has been
given less attention by the State Government.
You can see for yourself how water has
destroyed all my property.
“I am appealing to the state and Federal
Government to come to our aid. We are
suffering in this area,’’ said Okon.