From Osakhare Erese Asaba
No fewer than two hundred houses were in the early hours of Sunday in owa – Nta Community, Ika North East local Government Area of Delta destroyed, while three persons killed through heavy erosion that followed the rainfall.
The three killed victims were said to have been swept away from their houses during the heavy rainfall that also destroyed their houses while efforts to save their lives by neighbours proved abortive It was gathered that as a result of the heavy down pour, fifty four other houses within Owa Nta community are currently near collapse with their roofs completely blown off, Sources said the rainfall also destroyed ten houses in Owa oyibu community including the primary school in the community with roofs blown off, and part of the building destroyed Residents of the areas, one of them,Eugene Ikechwuku who spoke to our reporter said “the rain was first of its kind in the community, it destroyed houses,roads, indeed, it wreaked hovac the community till now is yet to recover from, it started very early hours of on Sunday, everywhere was blocked, that was the second time such heavy rain fell,and it has destroyed houses With the accompanied erosion killing unsuspecting persons.”
Reports said that apart from Owa communities currently affected by the heavy rainfall, Isoko communities, some part of Asaba, Okpanam and Ibusa are worse hit by erosion menace, aftermath of the continued rainfall in the last two months across the globe In Asaba for instance, Okpanam,Jesus saves,DLA,Nigel and Mariam Babangida roads are terribly deplorable even in the face of ongoing roads rehabilitation, drainage construction works, A resident of these affected areas,Joseph Ughumadu who spoke to our reporter said “we suffering in these areas,nothing is going on here, we can’t go out when it rains,we can’t go to work at all, we want Governor Okowa to come to our aid,we are faced with hell,our vehicles have been broken down, we can’t move out for our daily breads,we have lost persons last month to erosion menace following the continued rainfall”
But the state government through the Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr,Ernest Ogwezzy told our reporter that twelve most affected families were given between N100,000 and N150,000 each, adding “ apart from the Cash given to them, the state government is planning to evacuate people within riverine areas including all the Owa communities where there have been serious erosion menace, government is shocked in the disaster that the flood, and the rainfall have caused in the state, we sympathize with the affected families. “ In his reaction, the state Commissioner for Environment, Barr,John Nani described the ecological destruction in the areas as massive, and called on federal government to swiftly come to the aid of Delta state.