Journalist, Others Rendered Homeless By Flood In Akwakuma

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By Martin Opara

Trinity Street, Akwakuma and environ have become no go areas, as scores of residents, including Mr. Emma Ogu, a journalist and lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication at the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, have been devastated and forced to pack out of their homes by unprecedented flood/landslide caused by the torrential rainfall of Sunday last week that trapped many families inside for several days before they managed to escape with some of their belongings.

Narrating his ordeal to our reporter, Mr. Ogu who was among the trapped victims, said that, he managed to move out members of his family through the bush last Friday, after breaking the fence wall. He expressed fear that entire area may be submerged considering the incessant flooding and attendant devastation, as there is no longer vehicular movement to and from the area.

“The gully created by the erosion has increased to about two kilometers in length and 10 feet deep, cars no longer move through the street, while many residents have already evacuated their belongings”.

It was also gathered that the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Iyke Njoku with some of the governor’s aides and the state governments Consultant on Erosion projects visited the area and urged the affected families to relocate temporarily, as remedial work will commence in the area soon.

A delegation from the speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Gbajabiamil has also visited the area to sympathize with the people, whose properties were destroyed alongside other structures.   

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