Flood submerges 12 communities in Edo
Floodwaters caused by torrential rains have submerged at least 12 communities of Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State.
Udaba-Ekphei, Anegbette, Ukpeko Orle, Ofukpo, Agbabu, Osomegbe, Udochi, Yelwa, Ake Island and Ifeku Islay are among the affected communities.
These residents had to flee their homes because the water levels in many of the communities rose higher than the windows of their homes.
People were forced to travel in canoes.
The floods completely submerged agricultural produce such as rice, vegetables, potatoesm, ground nuts, amongst others.
Residents claimed that churches, mosques and markets were all submerged in floodwaters and called for the federal and state governments to help.
Isaac Omoaka, a Udaba resident, claimed that the flood was worse than 2012’s flood.
Residents are calling for help from the Federal, State and Local governments before they lose their lives to the devastating effects of the flood.
Isaac Omoaka said, “My village is completely submerged. Since I was born, I have never seen such a thing. This year’s flood is ten times that of 2012.
“We have a prominent son who built schools, a hospital complete with a mortuary, laboratory, x-ray and several amenities all of them now are under the water.”
The Edo State Commissioner for Special Duties, Osasere Evboumwan said: “We were in Etsako Central last Friday; myself, NEMA, SEMA, the Head of Local Government Administration, WHO and others.
“We are sending our report now to see how we can provide relief for them.
“Their farms have been taken away by water, every year this flood comes and NEMA said the only solution to this is to dredge the River Niger, otherwise it will continue to occur.
“For the immediate solution, we are going to be supplying food for them, the IDP centre in Ogomeri is dry and there are facilities there, but the people are reluctant to come there.
“We are preparing the IDP for them, there are mattresses there, there is a generator, fridge is there, the kitchen is there, then we will beef up to the medical centre.”