BY DANIEL GUMM
WARRI – SCORES of Itsekiri communities have been sacked by the rising water level along the Benin River and its tributaries. The communities, which are located on the Benin River axis of Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State, started experiencing the unusual rise in water level since last week. Farmlands, fishing ponds and residential houses had been flooded.
Thousands of residents have turned their canoes into residential accommodation.
Some of the victims had to travel to Warri to report their plight at the constituency office of Mr. Daniel Reyenieju, who represents Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
Spokesperson of the victims, who led a team of five to Warri, yesterday, Mr. Esimi Nanna, said the flooding had become an annual occurrence, but had not been reported in the media.
He said this year’s flood was unprecedented, and had precipitated untold hardship and devastation in the area. He said the disaster had not been covered by the media because of the remoteness of the area as the communities were not accessible by road.
Responding, the Senior Legislative Assistance to legislator, Mr. Oti Orugbo, thanked the people for the confidence they reposed on the Constituency Office and their representative in Abuja, and assured them that he had relayed their complaints to Mr. Reyenieju.
He assured them that Reyenieju had made provision for relief materials to be purchased, adding that same would be made available to them tomorrow.