Deplorable road: Mother, 3-months old baby cheat death in Anambra flooding 1
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Deplorable road: Mother, 3-months old baby cheat death in Anambra flooding

Residents of Awka, Anambra state capital have called for the urgent rehabilitation of the failed portions of some roads within the city before the rainy season intensified.

They were particularly worried about Chief S. N. Okeke Street Awka located behind the state Ministry of Works and connecting Ukwuorji on popular Zik Avenue, Awka.

Speaking on behalf of the aggrieved residents, a Spanish based Awka indigene, Obiora Chukwudi said the roads repair had become expedient following recent flood that nearly swept away a woman and her three months old baby.

“The woman was coming from a hospital with her child, unfortunately, the whole place was flooded due to heavy downpour recorded in Awka last week and she fell into the water with her child.

“It took the intervention of bystanders to rescue the duo, though the situation seriously affected the health of the new born baby whom we gathered is now on admission in an undisclosed hospital in the area,” he said.

While revealing that the said road built between 1999 and 2000, housed most commercial banks and other corporate organisations, Chukwudi regretted that it had been in such pitiable state over the years.

“Regularly, vehicles breakdown on this road due to several failed portions which is now degenerating to bigger holes with the coming of the rains,” he added.

Chukwudi stressed that urgent rehabilitation of the roads could save residents from imminent flooding and erosion during the 2020 rainy season.

He also urged the government to factor in citing of flyover around the Ekeh Awka Market roundabout to check the growing traffic gridlock now exposing residents especially local traders to avoidable accidents.

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