Okechukwu Osadebe, an 18-year-old son of late highlife maestro, Chief Stephen Osadebe, has lost his life in a flood disaster in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra.
He died on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Osadebe’s Atani country home in Ogbaru when he was swept away by the flood at about 7:30pm.
On Friday, Mrs Amaechi Osadebe, mother of the deceased, told NAN that Okechulwu was returning home with two other persons when flash flood overwhelmed them.
She explained that it was due to high current and turbulence of the water wave that made it difficult for the other two young boys to pull him out of the water.
Mr Arinzechukwu Awogu, the Transition Chairman of Ogbaru, who visited the family, described the death as a tragedy to the whole Ogbaru community.
Awogu said he came to commiserate with the family as it was very painful to lose a child at such a tender age, regretting that the floods had brought unimaginable loss to the entire Local Government.
He, however, called on the people of the area to take extra precautions to avoid further loss of life.
“As we wait for the water to recede, my advice is that everybody, especially the underage, should be very careful when they go close to the areas already submerged,’’ he said.