Many houses, cars and other property were on Thursday flooded after a 10-hour downpour wreaked havoc on Owerri, the Imo State capital, and its environs.
The streets affected by the downpour, which covered major roads, include Okigwe, Douglas, Mbari, Egbu Wethdral, Orlu, Port Harcourt and Ikenegbu, Orji, Federal Housing Estate, World Bank, Akwakuma and Works Layout.
When our correspondent visited one of the affected areas at Orji Street, the victims were seen struggling to salvage some property that had been trapped in the flood.
Three houses, including a church, Overcomers Christian Mission, were submerged by water.
The road leading to the street was flooded, as the victims recounted their ordeals to our correspondent.
An occupant of one of the affected houses, Chibunna Michael, said it took divine intervention for his five children not to be drowned.
According to him, five families consisting of 18 people, including women and children, were occupying the building.
Michael, a businessman, said, “We have lost all our property, including money and vital documents. If not for the grace of God, my five children would have died.
“The flood brought down two perimeter fences, entered our house and swallowed it. We were awoken from sleep by the rampaging flood, which took over all the rooms. It was at that point that we rescued the children, who were asleep. Our electronics, chairs and other property, were damaged. I came out with nothing. I don’t have a dime on me as I speak with you.”
Another victim, who gave his name simply as Emeka, said he and other tenants lost property estimated at millions of naira to the flood.
At Federal Housing Estate, Egbu, the residents had bitter tales to tell, as the rainfall, which subsided around 1pm, damaged their property as well.
A resident, Obinna Akuwudike, said about 15 houses and six cars were affected by the flood on the estate.
He explained that his two generators and a car were submerged by the flood, with his electronics damaged.
He said, “This is terrible. I lost my two generators and my small car was submerged. My neighbour, Peter Onu, and his wife are worse hit. They lost their two cars to the flood. There are other victims.”