Erosion Displaces 150 Residents In Calabar

Erosion Displaces 150 Residents In Calabar

The Cross River Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday said 150 people had been displaced and 24 houses affected by gully erosion in Calabar.

The agency in a statement by it spokesman, Mr David Akate and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar, said nine of the buildings were destroyed while 15 were in precarious condition.

The statement said the disaster occurred at the Atimbo water channel in Calabar municipality.

“150 persons are displaced and are squatting with neighbours and in uncompleted buildings in the area.

“The collapse of the structures were aggravated by erosion which swept away a section of the water channel and eroded the banks on which the buildings stood.

“The channel which crosses the Bakassi road at the Atimbo axis is highly threatened as boulders are giving way as evident in the large cracks on the concrete floor and walls of the channel,’’ it stated.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the agency, Mr. Vincent Aquah, had described the destruction as ``phenomenal’’.

Aquah said while inspecting the site of the disaster, that relevant ministries, department and agencies would be mobilised to rehabilitate the affected area.

One of the victims, Mrs Helena Akpabio, a widow, said that a section of her apartment had collapsed, destroying her property.

Akpabio, strapping a three month old child, said she had no place to go, and pleaded with the government and philanthropic organisations to come to her aid.

Another victim, Mrs Josephine Asuquo, also appealed to the government to rehabilitate the affected part of the channel to forestall further damages.

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