Trademore estate flood: FCTA confirms Blueprint’s report

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has confirmed the flood incident on Monday at Trademore Estate in Abuja, just as was earlier reported by Blueprint.

It also noted that no lives were lost as a result of the flood.

The FCT Emergency Management Department, (FEMD) confirmed this in a statement by its Acting Director-General, Florence Wenegieme.

According to Wenegieme: “We did not receive any distress call from Trademore. We saw the viral video and we went there to carry out an assessment.

“We interviewed some residents and they confirmed that no life was lost to the floods.

“We activated NEMA, FCT Fire Service, Department of Development Control and Department of Engineering Services.”

She pointed out that the properties submerged in the floods were among the 116 structures already scheduled for removal in 2023, when Trademore was named a disaster zone.

The DG indicated that FCTA was unable to remove the structures due to a court injunction issued by the Trademore Estate Residents’ Association.

The Acting DG lamented that a primary school with about 500 pupils, management and staff is also sitting on the water channel, describing it as a disaster waiting to happen.

She also informed that structures earlier demolished by the Department of Development Control were being rebuilt or renovated by the owners, appealing to residents in houses marked for demolition at to relocate.

The FEMD boss also advised the owner of Trademore to provide all needed infrastructure to avert a reoccurrence of flash floods that may lead to loss of lives at the estate.