Saturday 23rd September, 2017
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Flash flood claims family of 3 in Abuja

Flash flood claims family of 3 in Abuja

Three members of the same family yesterday lost their lives in Lokogoma area of Abuja following an early morn­ing down pour.
 
This is happening barely two weeks after a death was recorded in a flood at Dei Dei area.
 
Identity of the man and the son as well as the daughter who were in the car with him were not ascertained at the time of go­ing to press, but bystanders said the man was a police officer.
 
Addressing journalists after the incident, Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Idris Abbass said his team was alerted and rushed to the scene, but that all three were dead before they ar­rived there and that local divers had already evacuated the three bodies before they arrived the scene.
 
Abbass said the tragedy was avoidable as they were told that the man was warned not to dare to the surge, yet he (the dead) in­sisted and said since his car was a jeep, it would go through and went into the flash flood which upturned the vehicle and killed all of them.
 
He also said that his team gathered that the man who was said to live in Apo area of Abuja was taking the two children for summer lesson when the trag­edy occurred.
 
The FEMA DG confirmed that it was a normal flash flood occasioned by a heavy down pour and that it was not caused by any blockade of gutters or wa­ter ways.
 
Though the three bodies were recovered yesterday, the Toyota Highlander was still in the flood at the time of going to press. Other damages could not be as­certained as the mob did not al­low access into the scene.
 
However, an eye witness said a perimeter fence was also pulled down and that the vehicle used by the diseased was a Honda SUV car.
 
Another eye witness also said that the man lived in Ipent 5 Es­tate in Lokogoma and not Apo as others claimed. Ipent5 is one of the numerous estates in Lok­ogoma area of Abuja.
 
Our reporter gathered that it is a small stream flowing from Lokogoma to Galadima area of Abuja that over flooded its banks, covered the culvert and caused a temporary halt of movements.
 
Observations also revealed that Lokogoma community hosts several estates with large housing population, but with very bad state of roads.

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