CAMEROON: AT LEAST THREE LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST IN A DEADLY FLOOD CAUSED BY HOURS OF DOWNPOUR IN LIMBE

In Limbe, Fako Division in the South West region in Cameroon Tuesday morning, at least three lives have been lost in a deadly flood caused by hours of downpour.

As early as 3am on Tuesday, the rains began and lasted for about five hours plunging the entire OPEC city of Limbe into chaos as streets were filled water while houses collapsed. Denizens remained indoors amid the unfavorable atmosphere; vehicles were submerged while properties got soaked. Worst hit areas included Mabeta, Motowo, Church Street, Manga Williams Avenue, Clerk’s Quarters, Mbonjo and Down Beach among others.

In Mbonjo, a locality in Down Beach Limbe, houses were reduced to ground, three persons declared dead. Others who went missing were later found but some had died. Late Tuesday, another corpse was discovered from the debris after his house collapsed with him inside. Emmanuel Engamba Ledoux, the Senior Divisional Officer for Fako, visited the sites to assess the damages.

In other areas, roofs of houses were blown away by winds, while some had their doors taken away by floods. Beds, Chairs, Television sets among others have been completely destroyed. Floods in Limbe have been constant and on each occasion hundredths suffer the consequences of poor geographical location of houses, poor drainage system among others.

Houses were inundated and many deaths recorded in 2013 and 2014, but Government response to these natural disasters has not been the best. It is true that the government has warned locals against building houses in hilly and dangerous areas, the follow up to see into it that they respect the order, has not been made. At the end, locals have continued building houses in dangerous zones and those marked for evacuation have not done so. The situation is becoming critical and any rainfall in Limbe may just be another time bomb.

CARINE MAMBOU

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