By Andrew Ikehi in Agbor
Tragedy struck Thursday in Alibioba Community beside Agbor Technical College, Agbor in Ika South Local Government area of Delta State as two brothers, Testimony Okwuokenye (15) and Godwin Okwuokenye two years younger were swept away by a ravaging flood in the area.
The flood, occasioned by a torrential rainfall that began at about 3:45 pm on that fateful day, an eye witness said, swept away Testimony, a JSS 1 Student of Agbor Technical College and his brother, Godwin, a Primary Five Pupil of Alibioba Primary School in the area.
The eye witness account reports that the brothers were returning home from an outing when the rain commenced, adding that they stepped in a gutter few meters away from their home.
When our correspondent visited their home on Friday, a crowd of sympathisers were seen mourning the deceased teenagers whose lifeless bodies at the time of filing this report, were still lying in one of the rooms.
Speaking in an interview, father of the deceased teenagers and Pastor in one of the pentecostal Churches in the area, the Revd. Chosen Godday Okwuokenye, said, amid sobbing, that at about 4:30 pm on that fateful day, he received a distress call by a teenager in the area who informed him that flood had swept away his two sons.
His words, “That day, Thursday, I went to our garden with my children, Testimony and Godwin. When we discovered that the weather was changing, threatening to rain, we rushed home. When we got home, it was already drizzling and, both of them carried some basins to gather water.
“Then, I went into my room and decided to lie down on the bed. That was how I slept off. Few minutes later, I heard some knock on the door and when I opened, the boy who was knocking said to me, “Sir, are you the father of Testimony, I said yes. Then, he said to me that flood carried both of them.
“He said that Godwin, my younger son, fell into the gutter and Testimony, the elder one, in a bid to rescue him, were both swept away.
“When I heard this, I quickly rushed out to the scene. But at Uromi Junction axis, I found a crowd of rescue team who had rescued one of them, whom I quickly rushed to the hospital where doctors at the Central Hospital, Agbor confirmed that he was already dead.
“The second boy, was discovered this morning (Friday morning) and he was also, already dead. The father said while sobbing.
Reacting to the development, residents in the area who included the Chairman, Landlords/Landladies Association, Mr. Chukwuyem Odia, a retired civil servant, Mr. Daniel Osunde, a 56-year-old housewife, Mrs. Patience Edwin as well as a 60-year-old housewife, Mrs. Juliana Ehiosu, called on the state government to come to their aid in addressing the gully erosion challenge in the area.
According to the respondents, the gully erosion has continued to pose dangerous threat to life and property in the area, particularly the life of pupils of Alibioba Primary School in the area as well as students of Agbor Technical College.
They explained that due to the nature of the road and the gully, several pupils and students of the school had in the past been rescued from the gully, adding that a lot of them have had broken limbs just as several buildings are at the verge of collapse.
At the time of filing this report, the matter was yet to be reported at the Police station.