Landslides kills 9 people in Calabar

Majority of landslides are triggered by heavy prolonged rainfall which is quite common in Calabar where this geomorphological process occurred as reported by News Agency of Nigeria( NAN).

The loss of lives is really unfortunate. Landslides can be caused by a number of factors – geological, morphological, physical and human. It could be due to an interplay of theses factors. To examine each of these factors in relation to what happened in Cross Rivers State this week will result in an elaborate academic discussion which will lead to not focusing on this avoidable disaster that claimed more than 9 lives.

The information given in the NAN report below indicates that the State Government is trying to accept responsibility for the damages caused by the landslide by saying “He said: “We have been talking to members of that community for several years now to vacate from there.

“We have been telling them that the place is not only a ravine but a flood-prone area, but they refused to take our advice.”

The State Government should be more proactive and assertive concerning anything that puts its citizens’ lives at risk. To start with, the government should consider doing a detailed morphometric analysis of potential problem areas in urban, peri-urban and rural areas so that areas prone to landslides could be delineated. Such maps should be made available to town planning authorities so that building plans will not be approved for such areas.

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Landslide kills 9 people in Calabar

Description: landslide

Reuters

 

No fewer than nine persons were buried alive while many others sustained injuries in a landslide at Edim Otop community in the Calabar metropolis on Wednesday.

Mr David Akate, Information Director, Cross River State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  in Calabar on Thursday.

NAN reports that landslide occurred after  heavy rains which lasted for more than five hours.

Akate, however, said having warned residents of flood-prone communities of impending flood-related crisis, Cross River Government expected them to vacate such areas.

He said: “We have been talking to members of that community for several years now to vacate from there.

“We have been telling them that the place is not only a ravine but a flood-prone area, but they refused to take our advice.”

Akate said the government had taken responsibility for the treatment of the survivors, whom he said, were responding to treatment.

According to him, the corpses of the deceased have been deposited at the state General Hospital mortuary.

An eyewitness, Mrs Eno Akpan, said: “We were just sitting outside discussing about the down pour when suddenly we saw trees rolling down from the top of the hill.

“Within a twinkle of an eye, it collapsed on the building and buried the entire occupants.

“Well, at that time there was nothing we could do because everybody started running away in confusion, and we were hearing cries and shouts of some of children from within  from the house.

“But by the time help could come, the family was gone and only three were rescued,” she said.

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