By Ochuko Akuopha, Oleh
The devastating floods have submerged more than 25 communities in Isoko and Ndokwa, in Delta state, displacing thousands of people.
The flooding that resulted from days of torrential rains was exacerbated by rising water levels, as the Niger River and streams that flowed back overflowed, invading communities.
Farmland and family properties have been destroyed as schools, places of worship and all the premises of the Ndokwa East local government council secretariat were not spared from the natural disaster.
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Some of the communities included Aballa, Inyi, Onuabor, Utchi, Asaba Ase, Onyah, Umuolu, Beneku, Okpai, Aboh, Akarai, Azagba, Ibedeni, Iyede Ame, Ibrede, Igbuku, Ashaka, Ushie, all in Ndokwa East, while Uzere, Igbide, Okpolo-Enwhe, Uro-Irri, as well as Ofagbe and Opke Isoko are among the affected communities in Isoko South and North Local Government Area.
A former community leader in Igbide, Mr. Alex Ovie, appealed to the government and others of public spirit “to intervene urgently to avoid regrettable human casualties.”
Reacting to the development, Ndokwa East Local Government Area President, Governor Juan, lamented that “about 90 percent of our communities have been taken over by the devastating flooding, while nearly 100 percent of the roads in access to our community have also been cut off.
“In most of the communities along the Ase River and the Niger, it is a total displacement as all agricultural land has been flooded. Even Ashaka is now an island, as all the roads leading to Ashaka have been cut off by the flood. In reality, the situation is relatively close to what happened in 2012.
“We wish once again to give all of us an unreserved assurance that federal, state, local, and all government agencies are working collaboratively with partners and are doing everything possible to help our people stay safe, as we advise everyone keep calm.
“As a responsible government, this LGA administration cares about the safety of our people’s lives and property and would not want them to suffer avoidable losses.”