Several vehicles have been submerged and business activities grounded following Friday downpour in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The heavy downpour lasting about two hours forced traders to hurriedly lock up their shops and run for their lives to avoid being swept off by the rampaging flood.
Areas mostly affected were Bank Road, Mbari, Douglas, Control Post, Akwakuma Orji and Item Street.
The Special Adviser on Media to the Governor, Steve Osuji, said, “The problem is deep no doubt. Eight years of environmental degradation by (the) Rochas Okorocha (administration) left Imo a disaster zone. But the right men are on the job. The Owerri underground drainage master plan which was abandoned is being excavated. Soon Owerri shall be the cleanest again.”