Heavy rainstorm has wreaked havoc as many valuable properties were destroyed in some parts of Port Harcourt on Tuesday
Heavy Rainstorm Wreaks Havoc In Rivers
Area affected mostly includes Captain Elechi Amadi Rumuola junction, polytechnic , Rumuola, buildings were also deroofed and vehicles damaged by windstorm.
A lot of high tension poles belonging to the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), were destroyed by heavy wind, during the down pour that occurred in Port Harcourt on Monday and early Tuesday morning.
As a result of this , the damaged poles and other associated materials, such 150mm aluminum conductors spanning over 32,000 metres, have thrown a cross section of Port Harcourt metropolis into darkness.
Confirming the incident, the Manager, Corporate Communication of PHED, John Onyi said that two 33kv and 11kv feeders, precisely UST and Rumuola own were affected, and some other areas.
Reacting to the natural disaster that culminated to the loss of supply to the affected areas, Onyii, said the acting Chief Executive Officer, PHED, Shed Taha has appealed to the residents to exercise patience while the damaged poles are being replaced.
He assured Customers in affected areas that the management will so everything possible to ensure early restoration of power supply despite thousands of naira that it would cost PHED to do so.
According to him , " it is regrettable that PHED is facing such a loss at this period of time due to natural disaster but I can guarantee that supply will be restore to the affected areas soonest, because we have taken stock of the extent of the damage and sourcing of materials for rehabilitation has started earnest".
He also reminded the public of dangers of trading and erecting structures under high tension lines
He urged them to always obey simple safety rules especially during this raining season.