From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Devastating impacts of flooding in many parts of Delta State under the current prediction of Nimet, has destroyed several houses in the State with Warri, Uvwie, Kwale, Ekurede Itsekiri Communities worse hit.
While the affected areas’ residents are currently living in the fear of the unknown, the state government through the Commissioner for Bureau Special Duties, Mr Omamofe Pirah on Wednesday ordered the relocation of the residents, warning that the state government would not take responsibility for further disaster if on the contrary they refused to vacate the areas within two weeks.
Pirah who spoke to our Correspondent in Asaba on the decision of the state government, said that the development was occasioned by the approval given by the state Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa to clear existing waterways in the affected Communities to avert further disaster in the ongoing flooding menace.
The Commissioner said”I can tell you that the state Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the Ministry of Environment to come into Ekurede Itsekiri Community, others and clear the waterways, and in doing this, he said “anyone who has a structure on the waterways or the water channels delibrately or other wise built on waterways, such structure will be removed.
“The state government however sympathize with those whose houses have been destroyed in the flooding menace and we are looking into ways on how they can be repositioned and ensure good lives for them”.