Due to hours of nonstop rain on Friday morning, an unknown number of people are stranded in their homes and many have been relocated in Abuja’s Trade Moore Area of Lugbe.
Houses, automobiles, and other structures were buried in the downpour in videos posted on social media, keeping some residents inside and others outdoors.
An official from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) cautioned citizens to evacuate flood-prone regions to prevent losing lives in an interview with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).
“If you know you’re leaving in a house built on a waterway, in a flood-prone area, that place is marchy, kindly move to a safer place, if for nothing else than to save lives.”
“Properties can go; the word of God says that as long as you are alive, you will be able to obtain another property.” So today’s message is this: we’ve all seen what happened, the water buried vehicles, and we were taught that water may even cover people.
“Do not underestimate the power of water; it can wash people, vehicles, and houses away.” So we’re pleading because we don’t want any lives or property to be lost.”
Meanwhile, NEMA reported that during search and rescue operations on Imo Street, Trade More Estate Lugbe, Abuja, a Peugeot 406 driver with registration number YLA 681 FS drowned and is still missing.
The agency also stated that four people had been rescued and were in stable condition.