By Emem Idio
YENAGOA—RESIDENTS of Okutukutu suburb of Yenagoa metropolis, Bayelsa State, have been forced to abandon their homes and relocate to other parts of the state capital following a massive flood that had submerged the area.
Worst hit by the flood which worsened following a heavy down pour on Sunday are residential apartments, shops and other business outfits and had forced commercial activities in the area to shut down, while dangerous reptiles have taken over the flooded area.
The displaced residents of the areas, who recounted the loss of their household properties and valuables, lamented that the flooding of the area was becoming a perennial problem to the people.
A community leader and chairman of Community Development Committee, CDC, Mr. Emmanuel Egbo, who conducted newsmen around the flooded area, said the cause of the flood was the blocked Agbeneghe Creek that flows from Epie River through Okutukutu to Elebele Town in Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
Egbo, who lamented that residents of the area have been displaced and forced to relocate, regretted that the flood had disrupted social and economic activities of the area and caused untold hardship for the people, as he called on the state and local government authorities to come to their aid.