Monday, May 20, 2013

Photo: Uko Tree Kills 31, Injures Many In Imo State

7:02 AM

I don't know what to say to this because is natural disaster. It was
sad moment,tears and anguish Thursday night in Umudagu, Mbieri
community in Mbaitoli council area of Imo state as no fewer than 31
persons have been confirmed dead following the fall of an ancestral
'Uko' tree estimated to have been over 200 years in existence.
The tree which fell around 8pm, Thursday night, during a rainstorm
also left scores of persons injured and about 7 others either buried
in the rubble or missing.
The size of the disaster was occasioned by the fact that under the
tree is a location of a popular night market described as "Ukwu Uko
market" meaning the market under the 'Uko' tree.
The market usually started at about 3pm everyday and terminated at
about 9.30pm or 10pm.
The tree, had been a source of concern to the youths of the village
who had repeatedly called for its removal to no avail. Elders of the
community had described the tree as an ancestral landmark that should
not be removed. May their souls rest in peace.

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