Two persons got drowned in a flash flood in Oduke Obosi layout, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state on Sunday.
The deceased, a female banker and a middle aged, yet to be identified man, got drowned following heavy down pour which also submerged over 20 buildings in the area.
The female deceased, Mrs Oluchi Okafor, a widow with six children from Ebonyi state, was said to be returning from market when she died.
Reacting, Chairman of the Oduke Layout landlords Association, Chief Nicholas Okechukwu, attributed the cause of the death to the state government inability to fix the Igwe Nwakobi road.
He said, “We have been suffering from this flood menace for years, it is not a new thing, you can see that over 20 homes were submerged.
“The contractor handling this road said government has not paid him to continue work on the road.”
Confirming the incident, the State Police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said the corpses of the deceased were deposited at St. Edward morgue for autopsy after being certified dead by a medical doctor.
He said, “Following the distress, Police Patrol Team attached to Obosi Division led by the DPO SP. Usman Ibrahim visited the scene and rushed the victims to Unity Hospital Obosi.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that victims were suspected to have been drowned and carried away by heavy downpour on the 3/11/2018 at about 6:30pm from the area heavily ravaged by flood/erosion as a result of the downpour within the same locality.
“The female body was later identified as Mrs Oluchi Nwafor ‘f’, Staff of First Bank Ochanja branch, Onitsha while effort is ongoing to establish identity of the male victim.”
He said Police Patrol teams have been deployed to the affected areas to save lives and prevent hoodlums from taking advantage of the situation, adding that the case was being investigated.