From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Residents of Sapele and Asaba towns in Delta state are currently in pains following the hash effects of ravaging flood menace in the areas.
The residents have however called on authourities of the local governments and the state government to help as the current flood menace has sacked many of them from their houses.
The state government had over the years constructed drinages in various areas of Asaba and Sapele towns, especially within the Federal Medical Center,( FMC, Asaba) where it channels the water to the River Niger with a view to ensuring that the erosion menace was properly checked across Asaba.
The State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Auguoye while responding to questions from Journalists in Asaba, however assured Deltans of the state government’s commitment to ensure that the erosion menace is over adding” We have done a lot in the erosion control and we have constructed a number of drinages in Asaba and Sapele towns, works are also going on in other parts of the state and it shows that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa is doing a lot to ensure that Deltans are not faced with problems during the rainy season”.
Although no life has been reportedly lost, but NiMET had cautioned Delta , Edo states, among others to be proactive as this year rainfall might heavily be destructive, adding that where the authourities of these states failed to ensure that the red alert is properly checked, It might spell doom for its residents.
The flood situation in Sapele for instance, has reached an alarming state as many residents find it difficult to get to their homes when ever it rains, while areas such as Ikpereva road, Okirigbaga, behind Tosent Arena, flood water has taken over the area, sacking residents from their homes.
It was obsevered that the flood might be caused by the ongoing road construction behind Orodje Grammar School at Shell road that leads to Okirigbaga as the drains constructed is not linked to any canal, instead it is channelled to residential areas currently experiencing flooding.
Residents of the affected areas Confirmed that this is the first time in their stay at that part of Sapele that they are experiencing flooding and called on the Contractor handling the Construction work behind Orodje Grammar School to expedite actions on the work with a view to ensuing the protection of their lives and property.