Recent flood disaster in Akwa Ibom has prompted the State Government to advise residents to be cautious and adhere to safety measures as the rainy season set in.
This advice came following last Saturday downpour that destroyed property and got a seven-year-old boy drowned in Akwa Efak, Uyo metropolis.
Mr. Charles Udoh, Commissioner for Information and Strategy and Dr. Iniobong Essien, Commissioner for Environment and Mineral Resources on Tuesday after visiting the scene sympathized with the bereaved family.
They called on the residents to adhere to basic safety rules. The commissioners also assured residents of the state government’s plans to provide barricades, wire mesh and iron bars to prevent subsequent occurrences.
“Government is committed to taking proactive measures towards providing safety measures for lives and property during this rainy season, the Commissioner said.
“It is also expedient for members of the public and transporters to be careful as they walk or drive through the streets during the heavy downpours especially near big drains and gutters to guard against death by drowning, the Commissioner continued.
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Residents at the scene revealed that the downpour lasted for many hours, submerged homes and pushed the boy, who was struggling to escape the flood disaster into a drainage. The mother of the deceased who had a baby tied to her back managed to escape after losing her little boy, they said.