Flood sacks residents in Bayelsa

Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

The Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, has sympathised with victims of the flood that ravaged parts of Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital last Thursday, describing the incident as sad and unfortunate.

Dickson in a statement on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Iworiso-Markson, attributed the floods to the entire state resting below sea level and surrounded by water.

He,‎ however, advised Bayelsans to observe environmental best practices by cleaning their surroundings always, particularly drainages so as to allow the free flow of water when it rained.

While calling on Bayelsans to also stop the indiscriminate dumping of refuse, the Governor equally advised them to stop building on the Right of Ways.

The governor added that he had directed relevant agencies of government to clear the blocked areas arising from the flood and urged residents to bear with the government.

It was noticed that on that fateful day, most persons in the metropolis woke up to the unexpected sight of fast rising water right in their homes.

What began as a heavy rainfall by 4am while most persons were fast asleep resulted in a devastating flood in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital. As of 3pm, it was still raining.

Some residents, in a desperate bid to ensure the safety of their property, immediately began bailing out the water, but the more they evacuated the water, much more water went into their buildings.

The routine of taking children early to school and then proceeding to work was altered for many persons as they woke up to see fast rising water taking over every inch of their homes.

In Ekeki Housing Estate, along Azikoro Road in the heart of Yenagoa and its main entrance were overtaken by the rising water which was believed to have been caused by blocked drainage channels.

The devastating flood in 2012 was the last time Bayelsans had been made to suffer such a natural disaster.

Most residents believe that even though the state is adjudged to be below sea level, the yearly rainfall which sometimes leads to flooding has never been of such frightening level.

They fear for their fate if the rain continued unabated in the coming months.

The immediate past Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Esueme Dan-Kikile, was sacked by the flood from his home.

He lamented the flood, saying he was making frantic effort to relocate from his home as the floods occasioned by the torrential rain, destroyed his property and all that he toiled for over the years.

Property worth millions of naira were destroyed and many residents have resolved to relocate to other parts of the state that are not flood-prone.

Some schools closed due to flooded environment and business activities were also affected.


Source: Punch

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