by crossriverwatch admin
For three days running, Monday Tuesday, and Wednesday, Calabar, the Cross River State capital and environs have been subjected to constant persistent rainfall which effectively paralyzed business activities.
The persistent droning which starts in the wee hours of the day goes on intermittently all day long and this has left some houses built in flood and erosion prone parts of the city water logged.
Business and economic activities have been brought to a near standstill as people cannot go outdoors freely without being drenched. “I have decided not to go out of my home. Yesterday when I went to work the taxi I boarded got stuck in water around LEMNA and I was soaked to my bone so since there is no work today, I have to stay at home”. Ubi Bassey a staff of the governor’s office said on Thursday.
Most affected by the rain fall said to be the highest so far in 2013 are ice cream sellers, ice water trades, laundry works and open air beer parlor operators.
When a CrossRiverWatch reporter drove round the city Thursday night most places were quiet apart from Atekong Drive where the whores and their patrons still braved the rain and came out for business.
“You no feel cold for this weather. No be woman go make you warm? This na our best season let me tell you.” A prostitute who gave her name as Joyce said amidst drying her face with a handkerchief.
At the Margaret Ekpo International Airport whose green lawns have become sit-out spots at night for beer drinkers and hookers, the place was bereft of the usual hustle and bustle. But a few clients who were seen hurdled inside the tent while there were no people outside.
“Na wa o. we never see this kind rain before. Since Monday we no sell anything because of rain . If e no stop we go die for hungry” Loveth a sales girl at the airport open sit-out bar said.
The Meteorological Station in the University of Calabar is predicting more rain and this may bring back the floods reminiscent of those that ravaged the state capital last year.
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