By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
About 5,000 residents of Oyede community in Isoko North Local Government area of Delta State were on Friday sacked from their various houses following the early morning rainfall which resulted in menacing flooding.
It was gathered that the rain started as early as 4am and lasted for over three hours with heavy storm including torrential flow of flood in the community.
Traditional Ruler of the community, HRM Ideareh Joseph Emasibeta (l), Odiologbo of Oyede Kingdom who spoke to journalists in the community, lamented the pitiable situation of the victims of the early morning, rainfall which resulted in the sweeping flood, adding that most of the victims, apart from sacking them from their houses, lost virtually all their possessions to the ravaging flood.
According to him: “about 5,000 residents of our community have been sacked from their houses, I personally have provided accommodation for some of the victims, and from my lean resources, too, assisted them, but I’m appealing to the state government, and public-spirited bodies to come to our aid, and help us, it’s a big problem to us now”.
The monarch also appealed to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to come to the aid of the flood victims.
One of the victims, Victoria Okporoh, who also spoke to journalists in the area, said she lost everything to the flood apart from her house taken over by the flood, adding “I’m appealing to individuals, and government to come to my aid”.
Meanwhile, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the Nigerian Red Cross Society Delta State have distributed relief materials to over 400 families in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs’) camp in Oleh Primary School.
Speaking during the distribution of the relief materials to the beneficiaries on Thursday, the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Ernest Ogwezzy applauded the IFRC, ICRL’s gestures, adding that it would go a long way to solving the plights of the victims.
On Oyede community’s victims, the commissioner however expressed regrets on the incident, saying that the State Government would do everything possible to assist the victims.