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Flood Sacks 63 Communities In Delta, 43 Houses Destroyed



Ravaging flood has sacked 63 communities, and destroyed 43 houses in the last one month in Delta State.

The affected communities include Koko, Warri North; Araya, Isoko South local government area; Agbarhor, Ughelli North; and part of Jesse and Oghara communities.

In the past three weeks in Delta State, torrential rainfalls have caused flood menace in many communities in the state, and had sacked its residents including destroying their houses. Investigation revealed that the affected communities also lost their crops in the farms to the erosion.

Araya community president, Mr Justus Okwogba, said: “We need the state government intervention, we have nowhere to go, our crops destroyed, houses destroyed, including our roads”.

The commissioner for Environment, Mr John Nani said that the dredging of Nana creek would not only address, the flood menace, but also improve water transportation in the area as well as enhance the economic wellbeing of the people.

He said the state government is committed to adopting proactive measures to tackle the flood menace some of the communities are currently facing, but promised to open up the blocked drainages in the affected areas. “It is unfortunate that houses were destroyed, and residents of the affected areas sacked, we will relocate them to befitting areas, and step up proactive measures,” he added.

He expressed optimism that issues associated with flooding in the area would be over after dredging exercise.