Four residents of Trademoore Estate in the Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were on Sunday night Washed away by flood occasioned by heavy downpour.
The flood, which was said to have washed away vehicles, roads and farm lands in the area, also allegedly disrupted economic activities as many residents remained indoors.
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) confirmed the incident in a statement on Monday night.
The Director General of FEMA, Abbas Idris, confirmed in the statement that four people died and twenty-six vehicles including an articulated towing van were swept away by the flood.
According to him, the recovered bodies have been taken by family members for burial, while 166 houses were affected by the flood.
The FEMA boss also disclosed that apart from Tradmore Estate, the Light Gold Estate, Wisdom Estate and some parts of Lugbe Community were also affected by the flood.
Idriss said: “Following long hours of heavy rainfall on Sunday 12th September 2021, Trademoore, Light Gold, Wisdom Estates and Lugbe communities of the Federal Capital Territory were heavily flooded- resulting in loss of lives and much property affected in and around the Estates.
“FEMA has established, in the course of rescue operations which began from 9: 00 pm of 12th September 2021 up to 13th September 2021 that four (4) persons lost their lives to the flood and the recovered bodies have been taken by family members for burial.
“Also, over twenty six (26) vehicles- including an articulated towing van were swept away by the flood, besides a tarred road in Trademoore Estate that was completely washed away as a result of the strength of the flood water.
“These losses are a summary of the impact of the flood on the affected locations. In total, 166 houses were affected. The Agency is still estimating the volume of losses suffered as a result of this flood.
“In light of this unfortunate incident, I wish to convey the deepest sympathies of the Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello, to the residents of Trademoore Estate, Light Gold Estate, Wisdom Estate, Lugbe Community, affected individuals and families, including those of surrounding communities, over the loss of lives and property”.
Idris appealed to residents living along those axis to report any missing person or persons between the periods of the flood to the FCT Emergency Management Agency.
He also said that Following some communities in Gwagwalada, including Giri, Unguwar Dodo and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps Gwagwalada Command have been put on alert to report any case of floating bodies or property on the river channel for prompt rescue.