‘Flood May Ravage Rivers Communities Again’
Indications have emerged that many communities in Rivers State may be submerged in flood this year as it happened in 2018.
Already a portion of the East-West-Road, close to Deeper Life Church, had been taken over by flood waters, caused by few days of rainfall. Traffic jam has become a feature of that particular area as at now.
At Rumuodomaya between Slaughter Market and Obio/Akpor Council Secretariat, smelly flood waters that collected there do not allow traffic and predestines to move freely.
Parts of Elimgbu, Rumuola, Nkpolu and Eneka communities all in Obio/Akpor are facing flood problems caused by rainfall.
Last year, Rumuigbo communities, particularly Worlu Ajie Street and Nkpolu experienced terrible flooding that submerged many houses and led to the death of a pregnant woman who could not be easily conveyed to the hospital due to the flood. That incident happened at Nkpolu.
However, a community leader in Rumuigbo, Chief Allwell Worlu told The Vortex that blocked drainages at Worlu Ajie Street had been opened and the road repaired, which he said had stopped the flooding in the area.
In 2018, two people died as flood waters sacked over 30 communities in Ahoada West. Chairman of the area, Hope Ikiriko had lamented that the Federal Government had abandoned the area.
As the flood persisted last year, Rivers State Government announced that it had commenced demolition of illegal structures on Shell right of way in Obio/Akpor to check flooding of the area.
In 2015, flood caused by overflow of Orashi River, affected five communities, including Oryama, Akinima, Mbiama and Joinkarama.
Meteorologists had that year predicted that some communities in the country, including those in Ahoada would face severe flooding, but nobody headed their warning.
Many homes in Ahoada were hit by flood that year, putting residents in absolute confusion.
A community leader in one of the communities in Akinima, Mr Eniata Abiaba had complained that the flood took them unaware leading to loss of many properties.
As this year’s rains approach, there is need for anticipatory steps to avert a fearful flood disaster in Rivers Communities.