BY FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI – NO fewer than 53,000 residents of 11 communities in Patani Local Government Area of Delta State, have been rendered homeless following the flooding of their homes as a result of the overflow of the River Niger. Their farmlands were also submerged.
Ivrogbor, Umeh, Uzere, Ehwen, Edherie and Igbide, in Isoko South Local Government Area of the state had also been submerged by the flood, rendering over 1,000 homeless. Motorists plying the East-West Road were, weekend, stranded at Umeh Junction of the road, which was submerged by the flood.
Our correspondent who visited the area, yesterday, noted that Patani, Abare, Torou-Angiama, Aven, Koloware, Ogor, Adobor, Bulu-Angiama, Uduophori, Ogolomo and Amatebe with a population of over 60,000 were being deserted. Odorubu and Ebresegha were the only two communities spared out of the 13 communities in Patani Council.
Most mud houses and some brick structures in the affected communities were destroyed. Transporters plying the Patani/Ughelli route had a field day as they hiked transport fare from Patani to Ughelli. Farmers were seen with their families in canoes harvesting their premature farm produce.
Former Delta State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr. Raymos Guanah, whose house in Patani was also submerged, expressed worry, lamenting that the entire council had been submerged save for two communities.
Guanah at the palace of the Pere of Kabowei Kingdom, HRH L. M. Erebulu, said he, Dr. Chris Ekiyor, Mr. Brave Enode, and Mr. Dogubo Mologe, whose houses were also submerged, had built a temporary camp at the Patani/Uzere Road that is still under construction, to accommodate displaced persons.