Erosion Washes Away 15 Houses, Churches In Onitsha.


Willie Obiano, governor Anambra State

By Chukwuemeka Chukwu

Onitsha ---------No fewer than 15 residential and church buildings were washed away in Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State by erosion which followed a torrential rain Wednesday.

The buildings included both upstairs and bungalows.

They were washed away by gully erosion which had been wrecking havoc at Obeleagu Street in the area rendering over 600 residents homeless.

Residents of the area told Southeast Post that the churches affected included the Redeemed Christian Church and Redeemed Secondary School, a Sabbath Church and the bridge linking Obeleagu Street with Nkisi Aroli Street among many other residential buildings.

It was gathered that residents of the area whose building could be affected with the next rain were packing out of the area in a bid to to ensure that they are not affected by the next erosion.

The President of Onitsha North Branch of Onitsha Improvement Union, Akunne Chuka Odiakosa, said about nine houses were washed away by the gully erosion after Tuesday rain, describing the incident as "terrible devastation."

 Odiakosa said that several agencies of both the federal, state and local governments have visited the site but nothing had been done since last year's erosion problems.