Many houses, cars and other property were on
Thursday flooded after a 10- hour downpour
wreaked havoc on Owerri, the Imo State
capital, and its environs .
The streets affected by the downpour, which
covered major roads, include Okigwe, Douglas,
Mbari , Egbu Wethdral , Orlu , Port Harcourt and
Ikenegbu , Orji , Federal Housing Estate , World
Bank , Akwakuma and Works Layout .
When our correspondent visited one of the
affected areas at Orji Street , the victims were
seen struggling to salvage some property that
had been trapped in the flood .
Three houses , including a church , Overcomers
Christian Mission , were submerged by water .
The road leading to the street was flooded , as
the victims recounted their ordeals to our
An occupant of one of the affected houses ,
Chibunna Michael, said it took divine
intervention for his five children not to be
According to him , five families consisting of 18
people , including women and children , were
occupying the building .
Michael, a businessman, said, “We have lost all
our property, including money and vital
documents. If not for the grace of God , my five
children would have died .
“ The flood brought down two perimeter fences ,
entered our house and swallowed it . We were
awoken from sleep by the rampaging flood ,
which took over all the rooms. It was at that
point that we rescued the children , who were
asleep . Our electronics , chairs and other
property , were damaged . I came out with
nothing . I don ’ t have a dime on me as I speak
with you . ”
Another victim, who gave his name simply as
Emeka, said he and other tenants lost property
estimated at millions of naira to the flood .
At Federal Housing Estate, Egbu , the residents
had bitter tales to tell , as the rainfall , which
subsided around 1pm , damaged their property
as well .
A resident , Obinna Akuwudike, said about 15
houses and six cars were affected by the flood
on the estate.
He explained that his two generators and a car
were submerged by the flood , with his
electronics damaged .
He said, “This is terrible. I lost my two
generators and my small car was submerged.
My neighbour , Peter Onu , and his wife are
worse hit . They lost their two cars to the flood .
There are other victims . ”
Our correspondent observed that the rain
paralysed activities in the state capital , as
shops , markets and cooperate offices had yet to commence business activities for the day as of 12 noon .