Victims affected by flooding in Sheda, Kwali area council have called on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to come to their aid by donating relief materials and giving financial assistance to them.
Recall that the early morning rainfall on Monday, September 7, 2015, affected some parts of the council, flooding and pulling down structures on its path.
Speaking to newsmen, affected residents narrated that the rain which started around 12 am flooded the area and the current pushed down houses.
In her remarks, Mrs Samuel Blessing, said the flood came rapidly, and without warning, giving residents no time to pack their belongings out of the house before it collapsed.
Mrs Samuel said she and her baby narrowly escaped being crushed to death by the collapsed building. According to her, she was jolted from sleep by the sound of flood swooping into her house, saying she only managed to grab her baby and ran outside shortly before the house collapsed.
She said: “I was sleeping, I didn’t know what has happening. I just woke up suddenly between 4 and 5am, and saw flood gushing into my house. I quickly picked my baby and ran outside, and the house collapsed shortly afterwards. We have lost almost everything.”
Another victim, Mr Turdur Igudu, narrated that he was away at work when it rained, adding that on coming home the next morning he met a crumbled house.
Igudu said: “When I came home in the morning I couldn’t enter the house because the whole place was flooded and a part of the house have collapsed.”
Another resident, Satila Emmanuel, a secondary school student, lamented that the flood swept away his N28, 000 school fees, saying he was meant to go and pay his fees on resumption of school in the morning.
Muri Yusuf, an applicant, said he was unable to retrieve his credentials and little savings from his room before it collapsed.
“I applied for employment at Elite Corps and was asked to bring my credentials for verification before I can collect my employment letter but it has been destroyed by the flood. I don’t know what to do now,” he moaned.
It was gathered that about 22 houses, mostly constructed with mud, in the area were destroyed by the flood.
In his remarks when he visited the area, the council chairman, Mr Ibrahim Daniel, sympathised with affected residents, promising to assist in ameliorating the effects of the incidence.