Flood destroys buildings, farmlands in Edo

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No fewer than 3,000 houses in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo were submerged by flood, following River Niger surge due to the release of water from Lagdo dam in Cameroon.

Hectares of farmlands with cash crops and property worth millions of naira were also destroyed.

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

Some of the victims blamed the flood on the surge of River Niger.

One of the victims, Mr Sunny Emokpa, expressed shock over the incident, saying that the entire communities were 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.

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

Another victim, Mr Sunny Eshemoboh, said 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.

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.

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