Flood takes over Gwagwalada bridge, houses



Flood, arising from a down pour on Saturday has submerged more than 20 buildings in Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The rain that started from Friday night to early hours of Saturday, also submerged Gwagwalada bridge and a hotel.

A NAN correspondent, who visited the flooded areas, observed that the flood had taken over Gwagwalada bridge linking Abuja to Lokoja.

Some motorists detoured while others parked for the water to subside.

Some residents were forced to either remain indoors or sail to safety.

Some of the residents, who spoke with NAN, said that flooding was a common occurence in the community because of its proximity to a riverine area.

Mr Yunusa Dogo, with six children whose house collapsed, told NAN that he was asleep when water submerged his house.

“The level of destruction is devastating; it is quite unfortunate that the flood has affected many people in this community.

“I was asleep when water submerged my house. I had to quickly move my children to a neighbour’s house,” he said.

One of the residents of the area, Mrs Sarah Luka said: “As you can see no way for the water to flow down to the stream in the whole community.

“We have lost so many of our goods to the flood. I and my children couldn’t sleep all through the night because of the flood.”

Mr Sunday Kaka, a motorist, who parked his car before the flooded bridge, waiting for the water to subside,  said he could not risk the danger of crossing the bridge.

Abuja-Lokoja  road close to the flooded bridge

Many of the residents and motorists blamed the government for failing to put in place measures to handle emergencies.(NAN)