Princewill Ayim, the Director-General of the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency, said over 51,000 persons were displaced from their homes due to flooding within a period of three months.
The Director made this statistics known to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, 18th December, 2019, adding that the destruction which damaged 4,370 houses, was due to the erection of structures along water channels and the blockage of drainages through dumping.
He said, “From July to September, flood damaged Four Thousand, three hundred and seventy (4,370) houses and displaced more than 51,000 people in over 212 communities in Cross River.
Several victims built their houses along the water channel and they were unable to flee from the flooding.
Others had poor drainage systems around their domain while some of them were dumping refuse inside the drainage system, making it difficult for water to flow freely. Massive awareness campaigns have been carried out to enlighten residents in the state to stop building along water channels and stop dumping refuse inside the drainage system.