RIVER NIGER OVERFLOWS BANK, SACKS AIKA COMMUNITY IN NDOKWA EAST

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Raging flood from the bank of the River Niger has sacked Aika community, in Ndokwa east local government area of Delta state.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Chris Onogba, who visited the community on Wednesday while monitoring the level of flooding in coastal communities of the state, expressed shock at the extent of devastation.

All the houses in the area were under water at the time of the visit and people were seen hurriedly removing the roof of their houses, apparently because they had given up hope on the buildings, while the community was completely deserted.

The Commissioner promised to draw the attention of the State Emergency Management Agency to the monumental disaster and sympathized with the victims for the huge losses suffered.

At Oko Ogbele, in Oshimili south local government area, some houses, including that of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, had been submerged, with the peremeter fence all collapsed.

The flood had receded in some parts of Oko Amakom, Oko Obiokpu, and Oko Anala, though some residents were seen stranded in their apartments in areas where the flood had yet to recede.

The Environment Commissioner was accompanied by an Assistant Director in his Ministry, Mrs Francisca Aligan.

They said they preferred remaining in their ancestral homes to suffer discomfort and safeguard their belongings to moving to the camps and loss their properties to thieves, adding that their experience in camp during the last flood incident was not encouraging.

Mr Onogba said the plight of the victims would be discussed with a view to seeing how they could be assisted with relief materials since they had chosen not to relocate to the camps

He assured that government would continue to cater for flood victims in Displaced Persons Camps across the state, while monitoring the situation in their communities to ascertain when they could be asked to go back.

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