Flood Sacks Bayelsa Communities, Residents Uses Canoe To Enter Homes

Flood Sacks Bayelsa Communities, Residents Uses Canoe

Residents of some Bayelsa communities have had to make use of hand-propelled canoe before they could enter their house as a result of a flood which has submerged most areas.

Patients of government-owned general hospital and school pupils have been chased away by the flood which may likely sweep through more villages in the state.

The Governor of the state, Hon. Seriake Dickson has raised an alarm as the situation was getting out of control.

The Vanguard reported that overflowing water from the Orashi River, Taylor, Epie,  Ikole and Kolo creeks have left communities in the Biseni axis of the state, Agudama-Ekpetiama, Ayama Ogbia among others, submerged.

The reports also said that relatives of patients at General Hospital, Agudama-Ekpetiama had to rush their sick ones out of the hospital

Some staff of the Federal University Otuoke who spoke to The Vanguard bemoaned the high increment in transport fare as transporters now charge N400 to commute between Yenagoa to Otuoke as against N250 before the flood.

“This was how it happened in October 2012 when the flood took over the whole community, but up till now, there is no proper preventive measure put in place by the government.

“We are expecting the government to come up with necessary measures to mitigate future occurrence, but it is a matter of regret that such measures are not in place. The authorities should look into the matter. This has been a yearly problem,” he said.

The state government has called on the Air staff during a visit by the Chief of Air Staff,  Air Marshall Sadiq Abubakar to the state.

He said, “As we speak, many of our communities are under water. The whole of Bayelsa is below sea level. So, once there is a major flooding situation in our country, our state is one of the most impacted because all the major rivers pass through here to the Atlantic.

“I want to see a situation where your officers and men collaborate more with our people, especially in the area of evacuation because the situation we have at hand is alarming. The reports we are getting are not palatable. We hear that the situation will continue for the next one month, by which time I can count on my fingers how many communities in Bayelsa will not be evacuated,” the Governor concluded.

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