SUNNY DAVID, ONITSHA
Drugs worth over N50milion have been destroyed by flood water at the Drug Market, Bridge Head, Onitsha, Anambra state.
This is even as a 45-year old trader, Nnaemeka Okoli, reportedly got drowned in Umuchu community in Aguata local government area of the state.
The two-day down pour which lasted for several hours on the first day, spread to almost half of the market, destroying drugs in over 130 shops.
Some of the victims who made efforts to evacuate cartons of drugs already damaged by the flood, described the disaster as alarming.
Speaking with our correspondent the traders attributed the cause of the disaster to the blockage of drainages in the area with refuse.
They narrated how the previous rain compelled them to carry out emergency sanitation exercise which took them over three hours.
One of the victims, Mr. Arthur Ndimele said the flood that ravaged the market so much that it was difficult to identify the drainages from the roads within the market.
Said he: “The early morning down pour started by 5.30am and by 7am our shops had already been flooded.
“It was not up to twenty minutes we finished evacuating the flood that another heavy dòwn pour commenced.
“The entire market got so flooded that we could not identify the drainages from the roads within the market.
The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Special Taskforce on Fake Drugs Adulterated and Substandard Products, Mr. Chibuzor Nwokeji said his team would embark on routine check soon after the flood recedes.
“The traders embarked on sanitation but the second rainfall has destroyed a lot of drugs.
“The drainage system linking the flood water to the River Niger have been blocked, making it difficult for easy passage of flood.
“The taskforce will embark on routine check. If the drugs were totally damaged we will confiscate them to avoid selling them to the consumers which have now become poisonous to the body,” he said
He appealed to the state government to come to their aid in view of the huge loss they experienced.