To ascertain the level of Impact and damage caused by Flooding in some Oil Bearing communities, The Social Action led a team of Staff and Journalist to A FACTS FINDING MISSION to some communities in ONELGA and AHOADA WEST to see things for themselves and interact with affected residents.
Worried over the damage occasioned by the flooding the Social action Team Lead Prince Ekpere said the were touched by stories of emanating from various sources’ on the plights of the people and the slow pace by Government at all levels in assisting victims displaced by the ravaging flood. g.
According to the people of the area, Flooding has become a yearly natural disaster, especially with the residents of riverine areas in Nigeria, close to the Orashi region.
Residents of the affected areas were seen lamenting of the hardship occasioned by the flood and how they have been coping One month after floods ravaged some oil bearing communities of ONELGA, Ahoada East and West
The residents of the areas says no help has come their way despite appeals for portable drinking water, and drugs to combat mosquitoes and snake bites.
Some of the residents of the area who spoke to correspondent Anita Ogona at OKWUZI community Ebocha in ogba/Egbema local government area said life has become so unbearable as the are left without any form of assistance from the local, to state and federal government lamented that he has been experiencing flooding in his area since 2012. he said he moves out of his home every year as soon as the flood rises above permissible level
Some of the displaced residents, Vivian Josiah, NERUCHI Adiba and Robinson Who is also an executive of the youth body in Okwuzi expressed frustration over the high level of neglects from authorities concerned to assist the people.
Robinson said the “anger during this flood season is high because government, cooperate bodies and spirited individuals should assist flood victims with some palliatives, ranging from food stuffs to drugs and mosquitoes nets to cushion the negative impact of the flood as farming, fishing and other economic activities have been put on hold as a result of the ravaging flood”The paramount Ruler of OKWUZI Eze Lucky Akugba said five persons have died from the community due to electric shocks as they tried to salvage their homes.
He said they have no functional health centers to treat people dying from malaria complications.
Meanwhile in Ahoada West LGA another flood ravaged community of Akinima, Jankrama and Mbiama says they have been forced to leave their homes to pitch their tents by the East west Express road which is the only high area accessible to them.
They said the flood also affected the Accessible IDP camp, that was used the previous years and as such have been rendered homeless, and are also suffering mosquitoes bite. In Akinima the call remains the same for Government, Cooperate bodies and spirited individuals to assist flood victims with some palliatives, ranging from food stuffs to drugs and mosquitoes nets to cushion the negative impact of the flood as farming, fishing and other economic activities have been put on hold as a result of the ravaging flood.The paramount Ruler of Mbiama Chief Sylvanus Otovie-Smith said they also recorded 5 deaths within the community especially women who were navigating their canoe from Mbiama to Bayelsa using the Orashi River.He said if Government can dredge the Orashi Rivers, the yearly flooding could reduce or become a thing of the PastSome cabinet members of the Mbiama council of chiefs Community Secretary Chief AWARI OFOYI, said it is unfortunate that government has abandoned them despite the economic relevance of the Local Government to the state, He said Mbiama is the third largest Market in Rivers State and it is unfair to the people that no one has offered them cup of rice to ammorariate their suffering.
For his part the Community Treasurer Elder BROWN EGBO, said the community and the entire local government area does not have a functional Health care or Hospitals, he said despite the surge of mosquito bites, and unavailability of IDP Camps his people are sleeping by the road side, with no form of help, He said the only functional healthcare system they enjoy is to patronize unqualified medicine sellers and road side Pharmacy owners.
Our correspondent also reports that areas visited by boat includes Akinima, Jankrama are left without an IDP camps. While the canoe operators and area boys are cashing in on the situations to extort the people.