Rivers com­mu­nity de­nounces peren­nial flood­ing, out­break of dis­eases

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Harcourt

The Ag­gah com­mu­nity in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Rivers State has lamented out­break of pneu­mo­nia and other dis­eases as a re­sult of flood in their area.

The com­mu­nity also called on the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) to pro­vide re­lief ma­te­ri­als to al­le­vi­ate their suf­fer­ing.

The com­mu­nity has been flooded as a re­sult of per­sis­tent rain. The com­mu­nity ex­pe­ri­ences an­nual flood­ing, which it at­tributes to the ac­tiv­i­ties of oil ex­plo­ration ac­tiv­i­ties in the area.

The com­mu­nity said Nige­ria Agip Oil Com­pany had built some of its oil wells on wa­ter right-of-way, through which wa­ter from the com­mu­nity emp­ties into Orashi River and ever since the com­mu­nity had been prone to flood­ing.

Among the res­i­dents who ex­pressed this view was Mr. Everis­tus Ni­cholas, the leader of Egbema Voice of Free­dom, who said the flood was caused by an el­e­vated plat­form be­long­ing to Agip.

An­other res­i­dent, Mrs. Vic­to­ria Elechi said the com­mu­nity had been suf­fer­ing flood­ing for more than 36 years and ex­pressed wor­ries that no step had been taken to re­solve it, and that now sev­eral peo­ple were down with pneu­mo­nia and other dis­eases.

She said, “The flood has taken over the whole com­mu­nity and we are suf­fer­ing. The build­ings are cov­ered and all the prop­er­ties in most houses es­pe­cially those houses whose own­ers are not around have been dam­aged. Every­body has parked out. It is caus­ing pneu­mo­nia in the com­mu­nity. We are also afraid that preg­nant women may have con­tracted dis­eases which may cause mis­car­riage. Mosquitoes are ev­ery­where caus­ing malaria. We re­ally need help.”

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