AWKA – Landslide described as frightening has hit Oko, former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Alex Ekwueme’s community in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The Landslide just like the one that happened in 2017 claimed unprecedented space and property in one fell swoop.
Independent learnt that the land slide just as in 2017 is fast threatening the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, as it claimed more homes
A source said, “The distance affected is almost a kilometre away from the original gulley. This indicates that the gully erosion ravaging some parts of the community has taken a new dimemsion.
“A large drainage said to have been constructed by RONASCO a construction company contracted to reclaim lost land in the 80s sank inside the gulley this afternoon.
“To worsen the situation, the affected location is less than 100meters away from Oko round-about which leads to Federal Polytechnic, Oko as well as Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze”.
Residents interviewed were bewildered that there was no sign of the disaster, they beleived that the heavy rains in the area in the last fews days have contributed to the disaster.
“The Agulu-Nanka-Oko erosion has been a major national ecological disaster. Indigenes of the area have lamented near total neglect by the authorities”, the source said.
It will be recalled that similar tragedy struck in the same community four years ago when a four-storey building nearing completion collapsed, killing three people and injuring one.
Residents of the area said the rear end of the building which has three phases collapsed in the afternoon shortly after a heavy downpour.
The building was suspected to be a private hostel accommodation for the students of Federal Polytechnic, Oko.
Previously the previous year, a three-storey building similarly being constructed by a private individual as students’ residence collapsed killing seven people.
One of the survivors of the tragedy, a student of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, who worked to sustain himself had a fractured arm when the first collapse took place.