FLOOD: Delta community complain of government neglect


Flooded Bobougbene community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state

…our source of livelihood has been greatly affected by flood – activist

By Loveth Ojogun

A human rights activist, Comrade Asiayei Enaibo, has admonished the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, to as a matter of urgency act now to save the people of Bobougbene community in Burutu Local Government Area as well as other affected areas from the grip of flood disaster that is daily submerging the communities.

According to the activists, on a daily basis, the water increases thereby making life more difficult to cope with and all business activities have become comatose as a result of the flood.

“The people of Bobougbene community have been imprisoned by the ravaging flood; no escape route. All the houses have been submerged to window level. No place to sleep; properties gone, children and aged people are getting sick every day.

“Worse of all is the agony of hunger as all businesses and source of livelihoods have been greatly affected by the floods. Moreover, reptiles have been seen entering people’s houses.

Bobougbene community in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta state

“Sadly, nobody has visited this place to set up alternative residence for them. No relief materials from the local government chairman, state government and other agencies.

“I am therefore calling on the Delta state  government and appealing to well-meaning Deltans to come and rescue Bobougbene community and its neighbouring communities affected by the flood such as Akparemogbene, Eseimogbene, Yayorogbene and Oyangbene,” he added.

The Secretary of the community, Arerebo Peregbene, appealed to well-meaning individuals and the government for the provision of palliative measures to contain the disaster the people have found themselves in.

“What we need now is house boat as alternative residence; relief materials and a team of medical doctors to administer treatment to children and aged people as the situation is getting serious,” he submitted.

On his part, a community elder, Daddy Waya, specifically appealed to the state governor to consider their plights while expressing displeasure over the poor situation and neglect from the government.

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