Agony as flood claims mother of 5 in Anambra

A middle-aged woman has been reported dead in a flood incident following downpour in Oko, Orumba North Local government Area of Anambra State.

The deceased, identified as Mrs. Onyinye Okafor, a mother of five was said to have gone to transact business in a bank in the area and was on her way home when the incident occurred.

According to eyewitness, the deceased, a native of Etti in Nanka community, Orumba Nouth Local Government Area of the State had jumped out of a tricycle she boarded in attempt to save her life from the ravaging flood when she was swept away by the deluge.

The witness who prefered anonymity said, “It was about 11:49pm on Tuesday after the victim came out from the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) where she went to perform some transactions.

“Due to the heavy rain, she packed her motorcycle within the area and boarded a tricycle to the FCMB, after which she boarded another tricycle to go pick her bike.

“While on the tricycle, the rider lost control due to the heavy flood but was battling with the steering and trying to return to his lane.

“Suddenly, the woman jumped out of the tricycle in the midst of the flood in attempt to save herself. But immediately she jumped down, she mis-stepped and fell into a drainage channel and was washed away by the deluge.

The witness however regretted that efforts to rescue her by the tricyclist, together with some of her co-passengers proved abortive as the heavy flood eventually swept her off their hands.

“Many of those who attempted to rescue her also sustained varied degrees of injuries due to the impact of the flood,” the witness sobbed.

Daily Vendor gathered that the deceased body was later recovered under a culvert of drainage channel located exactly in Front Gate of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, after hours of intensive search.

She was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where she was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.

Efforts to get reactions of the State Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu was unsuccessful as they were yet to respond to their calls and text messages as at the time of filing the report.

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