Heavy rain causes flood, pulls down timber in Calabar
Heavy downpour has fallen down scores of timber on main highways in Calabar, limiting the free movement of vehicular motion alongside the affected routes.
The rain which began round 11pm on Saturday evening to the early hours of Sunday, additionally triggered flooding in some elements of Calabar metropolis.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mfon Bassey, who led a group of employees from the Ministry, together with the Calabar Urban Development Authority (CUDA) employees, to evacuate the fallen timber, mentioned that over 20 timber have been pulled down by the rain.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) studies that the fallen timber have been planted by the state authorities to beautify the state capital and to additionally present shelter for leisure.
Bassey talked about the affected areas to incorporate Ibom Layout, Mbukpa, Goldie by Holy Child, Atimbo, IBB, Ekong Eta by Marian, State Housing amongst others.
He mentioned that the ministry swung into motion after he obtained a number of calls from residents within the affected areas that the timber had prevented them from driving out and in of their residences.
“The heavy downpour in Calabar that began on the evening of Saturday by the morning of Sunday pulled down over 20 timber in numerous places throughout the metropolis.
“As quickly as we obtained the calls, we instantly went to the affected areas and you’ll see us working up until now.
“We began the evacuation of those timber from Atimbo space of Calabar Municipality round 5 a.m. this morning and we should make sure that all affected areas are cleaned as much as permit totally free movement of actions.
“Unfortunately, one of the trees fell on a parked vehicle, but no live was lost,” he mentioned.
The Commissioner suggested residents within the state to desist from parking their autos underneath timber because the wet season attracts close to.
He additionally known as on residents within the state to report back to the workplace on instances of any fallen timber round their areas for immediate reducing and evacuation to make sure sanity and cleanliness of the setting.
Mr Joe-Mary Ekeng, the Executive Secretary of CUDA, mentioned they needed to end up of their numbers in an effort to clear the affected areas and restore free movement of actions.
A resident in Ibom Layout, Dr Eric Bassey, lauded the Commissioner for the immediate response, including that the fallen timber had earlier prevented them from driving out and in of their homes.
Mr Princewill Ayim, Director General of Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, mentioned the rain had triggered havoc in some areas in Calabar.
Ayim instructed NAN in a phone interview that areas affected by flooding embody Target, Parliamentary street, Effioete roundabout, Federal Housing and Edim-Otop.
He suggested residents within the state to keep away from dumping their refuse alongside the water channels in different to permit totally free movement of water to stop flooding.