River Niger surge destroys Edo farmland and houses.


River Niger surge destroys Edo farmland and houses.

After a surge in River Niger, not less than 3,000 houses have been overwhelmed by the flood in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo State.

The flood reportedly happened after the Lagdo dam in Cameroon had been released.

Nigeria’s News Agency (NAN) announced that the devastation of hectares of farmland with cash crops and property worth millions of naira.

The communities affected are Anegbette, Udaba, Osomegbe, Ugochi, Ofukpo, Agbaburu, Uzanu and Ifeko.

Some of the victims, who spoke with NAN, blamed the flood on the surge of River Niger.

Mr. Sunny Emokpa, one of the victims, expressed Shocked at the incident, saying that many communities are now flooded.

“Our farmlands have been destroyed, while houses have been submerged by water, thereby rendering us homeless.

“Our schools are now at the mercy of the flood as pupils have to manage to get to the class, while some are completely out of school as the water had gone beyond what the children can manage.

River Niger surge destroys Edo farmland and houses.

“We are appealing to the Federal and State Governments for help,’’ Emokpa said.

Another victim, Mr Sunny Eshemoboh, told NAN that he lost his entire property to the flood.

“The flood has wreaked havoc on our buildings; as you can see; our houses have been submerged by the flood.

“We are appealing to the relevant authorities to come to our aid,’’ Eshemoboh said.

Mrs Rita Akinabor said that she lost all her farm produce to the flood.

River Niger surge destroys Edo farmland and houses.

River Niger surge destroys Edo farmland and houses.

“I invested N500,000 in cultivating my farm and I am now worried that just at about harvest time, most of my crops have been washed away by the flood,’’ she said.

The Vice-Chairman of the Local Government, Mr Ambrose Akhigbe, said the council had commenced the clean-up of the Federal Government’s resettlement camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Oghomere with the aim of relocating the flood victims to the area.

“The council is doing all it can to relocate the victims after proper cleaning of the buildings to enable them feel at home.

“We have reached out to relevant agencies to provide relief materials to the camp for the affected victims,’’ he said.

NAN reports that in 2018, over 1, 000 houses were submerged and hundreds of people displaced by flood in the area.

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