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Flood: Bayelsa IDPs now cook in­side ca­noes

- From Bassey Wil­lie, Ye­nagoa Gen­eral Ed­i­tor: Disasters · Natural Disasters · Canoeing and Kayaking · Extreme Sports · Sports · Bayelsa State · Bayelsa State

The peo­ple of Adag­babiri com­mu­nity in Sag­bama Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Bayelsa State dis­placed from their homes by floods are now cook­ing in­side ca­noes as most homes and plain land have been taken over by wa­ter.

The peo­ple who de­scribed flood­ing as a yearly oc­cur­rence, are call­ing on the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to come to their aid by putting nec­es­sary mea­sures to fore­stall fu­ture dis­as­ters and to pro­vide re­lief ma­te­ri­als for them.

Some res­i­dents told Niger Delta Trust that this year's flood­ing ex­ceeded what they ex­pe­ri­enced in 2018.

Some dis­placed per­sons, in­clud­ing Elder Fresh Esuku, the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee Chair­man, Mr. Pr­eye Awolowo Clark­son, de­scribed flood­ing as a peren­nial dis­as­ter, as some com­mu­nity folks had to sus­pend their valu­ables to pre­vent them from be­ing de­stroyed, while oth­ers take refuge in un­com­pleted struc­tures.

Another vic­tim, Mr. Fran­cis Aladou, who cooks in­side a ca­noe af­ter his house was sub­merged, ap­pealed for im­me­di­ate re­lief such as food items, wa­ter, med­i­ca­tion and a camp.

He, how­ever, said the per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to flood­ing in the state was the dredg­ing of the River Niger and its trib­u­taries.

As at the time Niger Delta Trust vis­ited Adag­babiri, most houses, in­clud­ing school build­ings, health and wor­ship cen­tres and town hall had all been flooded.

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