Three siblings, Aisha 9, Yusuf 6 and Fatima Ibrahim 5 on Sunday escaped loss of life following a landslide which occurred of their residence at 16 Asutan Road, Uyo Akwa Ibom State capital.
It was gathered that a couple of minutes after the children completed making ready their night meal, left the kitchen to eat inside the home, the kitchen collapsed and sunk into the river.
The owner of the affected constructing Francis Ikpe, described the escape of the children as a miracle whereas describing the incident as devastating.
Based on him, “It was a devastating expertise. Three kids had been making ready their meals within the kitchen. After they left the kitchen, it was not even as much as 5 minutes, when the kitchen collapsed. The kids had been consuming when abruptly there was a bang and the kitchen and all the pieces inside was buried. They might have been trapped; it was a miracle”.
The owner stated the group had been dwelling with the erosion for the previous 30 years, including that it has not been as disastrous as it’s now.
He stated the issue grew to become critical when the State authorities determined to embark on road repairs and building of drainages, saying water from six adjoining streets had been channelled to the place with out a chamber constructed to obtain the amount of water.
“A number of harm has been brought on to that place. At any time when it rains the amount of water will increase and this has been posing threats to lives and properties” he stated.
He known as on the state authorities to intervene earlier than the home is totally swallowed by the rampaging slide.
Nevertheless, when the Commissioner for Surroundings and Petroleum Assets, Mr Charles Udoh who visited the erosion web site stated the federal government is doing all the pieces potential to mitigate the influence of the erosion within the state.
He known as on the federal authorities, the Ecological Fund and the World Financial institution to help the state in tackling the issue, stressing that the state authorities alone can’t successfully management erosion websites within the state.
“We want help from the World Financial institution, the ecological fund and the federal authorities to have the ability to take care of the issue. The state authorities alone can’t do that. Everybody has a accountability” he stated.
He disclosed that his ministry goes to hold out an Environmental Influence Evaluation of all initiatives within the state to make sure that such issues don’t occur once more.