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500 displaced as flood submerges 200 houses in Rivers

By George Onah

Port Harcourt— Over 5,000 people have been displaced, as 200 houses were submerged in flood at Ohia-Era community in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State, following the heavy rains which enveloped the state last week.
Disclosing the development in Port Harcourt, yesterday, South-South Coordinator of National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Umesi Emenike, said the flood had chased away occupants of the buildings who are currently elsewhere.

“After NEMA visited Ohia-Era, we noticed that roads constructed in the area had no drainage; most residents built their houses in ancient settlement pattern, not adhering to approved plan.“As a result of the disjointed building arrangement and the plain topography of Port Harcourt which makes the city flood-prone, Ohia-Era residents are now passing through painful situation,’’ Emenike said.

He explained that his team had conducted assessment of the area and would soon forward its report to Abuja, but urged the Rivers State government to evolve permanent solution to the problem.Emenike, who said he was working to set SEMA in some of the Niger Delta states yet to have one, said he had intervened in 30 disaster cases, out of which his team had completed assessment of 10 locations.

On the new arrangement in the zone, he said NEMA had commenced sensitization programme tagged, ‘Emergency Vanguard Group’, to educate indigenes of the zone on dos and don’ts during emergencies.


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