© 2019 - International Centre for Investigative Reporting
Floods Wreak Havoc In Edo, Claim 11 Year old in Delta
An 11 year old boy has been drowned by flood waters in Okpai community in Delta State, just as about 40 houses and farmland with crops worth millions of naira in three communities in Edo State have been submerged by ravaging flood after the River Niger overflew it banks.
The boy whose name was not given is said to have been found drowned on Minday when the community got flooded.
The Delta State commissioner for information, Patrick Ukah, announced the first flood casualty in Asaba on Tuesday after the meeting of the state executive council, adding that the state flood committee would ensure that people in flooded communities are relocated to higher grounds and IDP camps to avoid further casualties.
He said further that the state government had already approved the setting up of IDP camps to cater for those relocated from the flooded communities.
Ukah listed the local government areas so far affected by flooding to include Ndokwa East, Oshimili South, Ughelli South, Patani and appealed to the people of these areas to relocate to camps provided for them.
“Internal Displaced Persons camps have been opened in Ashaka and Utagba-Ogbe (Kwale) for people from Ndokwa East; Asaba Stadium for people from Oshimili South especially Oko communities and Infant Jesus areas, camps have also been opened in Ughelli and Bomadi, we need to continue to sensitise our people on the need to relocate early from flood prone areas to avoid disaster, he announced.
In Neighbouring Edo State, floods have also devastated many communities and farmlands along with crops worth millions of naira. Many farmers have been forced to harvest their crops prematurely.
The affected communities include Udaba, Anegbette and Oghomere all in Etsako Central local government area.
Residents are already fleeing the affected areas and relocating to higher grounds in Fugar and Auchi.
It was gathered that the state government had earlier warned residents of the three affected communities and others in flood prone areas to relocate to avoid disaster but they had apparently failed to move.
The village head of Udaba, David Inetakpe, lamented that nothing had been heard from the state government since the flooding started last Friday and appealed to the state governor for assistance.
“We need government to come to our aid,” Inetakpe declared.
Reacting to the disaster, the immediate past commissioner for Land and Housing in the state, Donald Osikhena, has blamed federal government for abandoning the flood resettlement camp meant for relocating people in affected communities.