Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Christian Onogba, has visited Arhavwarien community in Ughelli south local government area for Flood Impact Assessment.
The Commissioner was also confronted with the heavily silted Arhavwarien river which had been taken over by water hyacinth and marine weed, making it difficult for farmers and fishermen to ply their trades.
Onogba, who paid a courtesy visit to the Ovie of Arhavwarien Kingdom, Solomon Akporhiere Onojeta, Okukeren 111, expressed shock at the state of the river and promised to draw the attention of government to the problem.
The Commissioner assured the monarch that the desilting of the river would commence as soon as approval for the exercise was secured, to enable residents of the area have unfettered access to the river for their farming and fishing activities.
He said the Okowa administration was taking the issue of flooding seriously, pointing out that camps had been established for displaced persons, while canals and natural waterways were being opened up to reduce the impact of flooding, particularly in coastal communities.