Traders at Ariaria International Market, Aba, Abia State are counting their losses following Sunday night’s torrential rains which submerged the market and consumed goods worth over N5 million.
The affected lines include A -line, drug dealers’ line and some other parts of the market. The traders whose shops were submerged by the flood said that they arrived the market as early as 8am to meet their shops filled with water. Even the barriers erected by the traders to protect their shops were swept away by the rampaging flood.
As a result of the flood, some traders have acquired the shops upstairs which they use as parking store in order to save their goods. When Vanguard visited the market, the traders were seen using pumping machine to pump out the excess water from their shops. Others who could not afford pumping machines, used containers to scoop water from their shops. It was observed that due to the impact of the flood, buses plying the Faulks road leading to the Ariaria International market now stop at Ama Ikonne area while the commuters wade through and board another bus or tricycle to continue their journey.