Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has commiserated with the residents of the Trademore Estate in Lugbe, Abuja, over the flooding incident that resulted in the loss of lives and properties worth millions of Naira.
Obi described the incident as a major disaster, saying it was very heartbreaking.
NAIJA LIVE TV reported that the flood claimed at least four lives and destroyed several properties in the Trademore Estate.
In a statement via his verified Twitter handle on Saturday, Obi commended the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Fire Service, FCT FEMA, Red Cross, and Federal Ministry of Environment-Flood Department for doing their best to alleviate the situation.
He, however, said there is still a need to find a lasting solution to the recurrent flooding challenge in the estate.
The former Anambra State governor further called for urgent provision of humanitarian help for the residents to enable them to carry on with their normal lives.
The statement read: “The flooding incident at Trademore Estate in Lugbe, Abuja, which has resulted in the loss of lives and properties worth millions of Naira is a major disaster and is very heartbreaking. Reports have it that the estate had suffered similar incidents in the past.
“While I appreciate the NEMA, Fire Service, FCT FEMA, Red Cross, and Federal Ministry of Environment-Flood Department for doing their best to alleviate the situation, there is still a need to find a lasting solution to this recurrent flooding challenge in that area of the nation’s capital city.
“Lasting preemptive safety measures need to be employed to reduce the deadly impact of floods in this and other flood-prone areas across the country. Weather experts had repeatedly warned earlier in the year about these flooding episodes.
“In the meantime, urgent humanitarian help should be provided to the residents in the areas of evacuation. Accommodation, relief materials and health care should be provided to enable them to carry on with their normal lives.
“My heart goes out in sympathy to all those who are affected by this unfortunate flooding incident.”
May God grant eternal rest to the departed and succour to the displaced and all those whose lives have been disrupted by this sad incident.
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