School Pupil drown in Calabar, after heavy downpour

It was all tears in a community in Cross River State, when an eleven year-old pupil of a Junior Science Secondary School in Calabar, identified as Victor Charles, was swept way by flood which was causes due to an heavy down pour,which occurred on Tuesday.

It was gathered that Charles was washed into a deep water channel along the Mayne Avenue by Atakpa Street in the metropolis.

An eyewitness, Umana Okoro, said the boy was coming back from school with two of his schoolmates when the incident happened.

He said, “The tragedy happened near my house. The water coming from the big gutter was heavy; the boys were standing by my house and suddenly, Charles fell into a gutter in front of my house. The flood took him into the big water channel at Atakpa.

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“The big channel usually overflows anytime the rain is heavy and due to the amount of debris people pour into the gutter; you will hardly see the drainage channel.

“The place needs to be worked on because the sand inside that gutter needs to be removed. The water from the big channel has caused terrible erosion in that place and something needs to be done.”

According to reports from the victim’s school, both students and teachers are still shock over the disappearance of the boy.

One of Charles’ classmates, Blessed Ekpo, said he was friendly.

“We all like him because he is a smart and friendly person. We heard that he drowned. We will miss him,” he said.

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The victim’s father said: “My brothers and I have searched everywhere around the big gutter, but we have not seen Charles’ corpse.

“We have engaged the services of a search team, but we have not succeeded because of the rains.

“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to members of the public that anyone who finds him should please contact the school so that he can be buried properly. I cannot rest untill I find my boy. ”

Source:  (  Punch Metro )

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