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Ocean surge ravages Delta community

UGHELLI—OVER 200 lives and property worth millions of naira, including the state government’s on-going projects and farmlands were destroyed by an ocean surge in Yeye Community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

The ocean which has always been a source of worry to the community for the past years, it was gathered, overflowed its banks and submerged residential buildings, leaving over 200 persons dead, and destroying domestic animals and farmlands in the community, while many of the residents are now displaced.

Speaking with newsmen, Chairman of the community, Pastor Philip Finaka, said, “the Yeye Community Primary School, the SPDC newly built health centre yet to be put to use and the ultra-modern community town hall built by B + B are all being threatened by the ocean wave.”

He called on the State and Federal Governments as well as management of the Shell to take urgent steps to address the problem, saying, “unless urgent steps are taken, the SPDC project in the area and the state government’s on-going projects may just be a waste of public funds and efforts.”

Also speaking with newsmen, Secretary of the community, Prince Onaro and one of the community leaders, Chief Mosco Fianka said the community hosts over 20 oil wells, adding that apart from the health centre recently built for them by SPDC, the village has nothing to show for as an oil producing community over the years.


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