Flood kills eight-year-old boy in Anambra, neighborhood blames unhealthy highway


An eight-year-old boy, recognized as Chinwe, has been killed when a surging flood flushed him right into a deep erosion.

The incident occurred late on Thursday behind the college of Nursing, Nkpor in Idemili North Native Authorities Space of Anambra State.

It was gathered {that a} mixture of surging floods coming from the Immaculate Hearts Sisters Convent and Our Women Industrial Centre all in Nkpor had swept the boy into the gully.

His drowned corpse was stated to be recovered on Friday (in the present day) from about half a kilometre away from the spot the place he plunged, with one in every of his arms damaged.

The sufferer, who’s a son of a vulcanizer within the space, was stated to be getting back from a journey along with his mom when the incident occurred.

It was gathered that the boy whereas approaching the gully from the place he and his mom had been anticipated to cross by way of to their house, began operating quicker than his mom, thereby prompting his mom to start out shouting.

His mom’s shouts and requires him to show again fell on deaf ears, as he continued operating till he reached the slim a part of the gully.

It was gathered that in his try to leap over the gully, the surging flood swept his toes off and he plunged into it.

Extra casualties had been averted when an try by his mom, who was carrying one other child on her again, to additionally soar into the gully, seeking her son, was prevented by some youths throughout the neighbourhood.

The youths shortly jumped into the gully seeking the sufferer however couldn’t see him.

The bereaved guardian, who refused to speak in regards to the incident employed a automobile which conveyed the corpse from Nkpor to their house city.

Sympathisers stated the demise of the boy meant that the household had misplaced three out of their 4 kids.

They blamed the state authorities for permitting the gully to develop from an odd minor gap to a giant gully over time as an alternative of setting up a hoop or field culvert to hyperlink the highway to the streets.

A neighborhood member and likewise a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, Idemili department, Mr Samuel Chukwukelu, stated successive governments within the state had deserted the neighborhood when it comes to roads.

Chukwukelu stated the contractor who was awarded the highway challenge from Our Women highway by way of Uke Road to Attah Highway linking Nkpor/Umuoji Highway, deserted the challenge midway on the explicit erosion susceptible space, which he stated has been widened and deepened by the surging floods and now been transformed right into a refuse dump web site by the residents.

“The federal government had uncared for the Nkpor neighborhood when it comes to developmental programmes, aside from Senator Chris Ngige, the incumbent Labour minister who rallied spherical throughout his regime as governor that constructed the highway from Tarzan by way of Afor Nkpor to Eke Nkpor and that was all.

“The demise of the boy was unwarranted and unlucky, if successive governments had achieved the needful, this might not have occurred,” he stated.

When contacted, the state police spokesman, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, stated the report had not been introduced earlier than him as of the time of submitting this report.


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