At least one hundred and six communities in Delta State, southern Nigeria have been submerged in the flood menace currently ravaging the state.
A report reveals that twelve persons have been killed in the wake of the natural disaster that hit Ndokwa East, West, Oko clan, Ozoro, Ughelli, Patani, Burutu and Bomadi communities.
Heavy rainfall in the early hours of Wednesday in Oko clan near Asaba, destroyed several houses in Asaba and six communities within Oko clan, sacking many of the residents in its wake.
Those involved in animal husbandry, especially poultry farmers, have recorded huge losses while two children were reportedly drowned but rescued by some fishermen.
Prince Igwe Nzekwe, President-General, Ani Ndokwa Clans Association, who spoke to reporters, said: “since the 2012 flood that ravaged the entire Ndokwa East Local Government Area and left most of our private and public facilities dilapidated, our children are still sitting on the floor to read in some areas as a result of lack of seats in schools. Buildings are with leaking roofs, ceilings and broken walls, seven communities in shambles, and the only opportunity that would have made us meet the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa through town meeting did not take place again.
“We have been host to Agip since 1959, Stalin globals and many other companies, unless urgent measures are taken to relocate our people on time, there is disaster in Ndokwa entirely,” he said.
Continuing, Nzekwe said, “The underdevelopment of Ndokwa East LGA especially, the riverine areas seems to us as an indication of a complete disconnect between us and the government. The entire communities of Abala, Utchi, Lagos-Iyede, Iyede-Ame Onyia Umu-Olu, Adiai, Onorgbokor, Anyama, Akarai, Inyi, Onuabo clans are completely cut off, no road, no electricity, no water, no healthcare facilities, our women travel with boat to Anambra state to deliver.”
Meanwhile, Barr John Nani, the state Commissioner for Environment, who confirmed that the flood had wreaked much havoc in 106 Delta communities, told reporters that the state government was committed to ensuring that many people are saved, and regretted the loss of persons to the menace.
Nani said that the development in Ndokwa East and West would soon be a thing of the past as government was doing everything possible to reduce the flooding in the areas.