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Flood: Relocation of communities suffers set back

By Austin Ogwuda

Asaba — THE current campaign embarked upon by Delta State Government for persons living within the flood plains to relocate to safer grounds due to impending floods, as predicted by the relevant agencies, has suffered set back as the people involved are insisting that they have nowhere to go.

Riverine communities, especially in Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state, by the river bank, have already raised alarm over another devastating flood, saying that rainfalls in the past two weeks had caused the River Niger to rise tremendously.

President-General of Utchi Clan, who is also the Coordinator, Association of Clans Presidents-General, Prince Igwe Nzekwe, while reacting to the advice by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr Tony Nwaka, urging the communities within the flood plains to relocate, said they had nowhere to go.

He said: “It was only during the flood that the committee inaugurated by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan visited some villages and I was with them.

“Since the flood receded, nobody has come to find out the situation of farmers and individuals in these communities.

“Even houses that collapsed are being managed by the owners and are yet to be repaired.”


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