Flood sacks Edo residents, paralyses activities

Flood sacks Edo residents, paralyses activities

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Economic and social activities were yesterday grounded in parts of Benin, the Edo State capital, following hours of rainfall that sacked many residents of the city. Most business premises, shops and residential buildings were submerged by the flood, forcing students, pupils, businessmen, marketwomen and residents, to stay indoors while the rain lasted. Among the areas hit by the flood include Arosa Street, Stadium Road, Akenzua, Ekenwan Road Igbiughoko and Obakhawaye areas of the metropolis.

Also affected are areas around Appeal Court- Aduwawa Road, Ikpoba River down to Ewa Road junction, which covered a portion of the Akpakpava- Ikpoba hill road, respectively. Motorists plying the Aduwawa-Auchi Road were forced to take the Benin By-Pass Road to escape the six hours of gridlock before they could access the city centre. A woman, who gave her name as Mrs. Rachael Ehigimetor, said she was on her way to Benin City from Auchi, but had to spend more than three hours on the road due to the gridlock.

Ehigimetor said the vehicle carrying her and others had to divert to the bypass in order to enter the town as motorists waited endlessly without any help. She said: “I am tired of this situation; it is so pathetic, seen people go through all these. I am behind schedule for my business trip.” Also, some drivers abandoned their vehicles on the road as they could no longer navigate the flooded road at the time of filing this report.

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