Earlier today, a car was swept away at Mgbemena Street in Awada, Onitsha, Anambra State. The area where this happened is a residential area with houses lining the streets and with the way the opening in the middle of the street keeps widening.
It is clear the occupants of the houses are at risk. by the flood and three of its four occupants were rescued alive.
Three out of four passengers were rescued .The Anambra police command received a distress call on Wednesday, July 25, that a Peugeot 504 Saloon Car with four occupants was carried away by a flood following a heavy downpour along Nise road by city landmark hotel in Amawbia.
Following the report, Police patrol team attached to Central Police Station Awka responded to the scene, and with help from members of the community, three male occupants of the vehicle were rescued alive. Sadly, the fourth occupant, a young girl of about 13 was said to have died.
The identities of the three surviving victims have been revealed. They are Elder Ejike Anadebe (Driver), Ogu Ebuka, and Emmanuel Samuel. They are all members of Zion pillar church, Adabebe in Amawbia, Awka.
The body of 13-year-old Ebube Samuel was found inside the car after it was recovered. She was rushed to the hospital where she was confirmed dead by a medical doctor.
The Commissioner of Police Anambra State Command, CP Garba Baba Umar has commiserated with the victims family on behalf of the State Command and urged other road users to take extra precautions to secure their lives first whenever they are faced with similar situation due to heavy downpour in the state.
A video showing the road divided into two as a result of the flood has now been shared online. In the clip, cars are seen trying to avoid the gaping opening along the centre of the streets. One car had a lucky escape as some parts of the road broke off just after it passed.
Watch the video below.