June 8, 2023

Residents of Asamabiri community in Sagbama Local Government Area in Bayelsa have cried out over rampaging flood that has sacked thousands and submerged over 200 homes in the community.

CME gathered that In Asamabiri alone, flood submerged over 200 homes in the community and displaced thousands of families in the predominantly riverine community.

The situation is gradually assuming a worrisome, especially in communities along the bank of the River Niger and its tributaries, River Forcados and River Nun, Ikole Creek, Epie Creek and others that traversed, Sagbama, Ekeremor, Kolokuma-Opokuma, Yenagoa, Southern Ijaw and Ogbia council areas.

Most of the low lying areas of Tombia, Ekpetiama, Akenfa, Agudama, Akempai, Edepie, Etegwe, Opolo, Biogbolo, Azikoro, Agbura, Amarata, Onopa and Ovom communities in Yenagoa council area of the state have been submerged by flood, leaving thousands of families displaced.

Also parts of Elebele, Imiringi, Emeyal, Kolo, Otuoke, Ayama Ogbia, Onuebum, Otuokpoti in Ogbia local government council are currently underwater forcing some of the affected victims to relocate to dry areas while others have stayed backed to brave the odd and watch over their valuables because of the fear of their home being pillaged by marauders.

Adagbabiri, Trofani, Anibeze, Tongbabiri, and others along the bank of the Forcados River are also facing the worst of this year rising flood.

Residents of the affected areas now access their houses by canoes.

Speaking to CME on the sad development, a resident of Asamabiri community in Sagbama Local Government Area in Bayelsa State, Comr Kelly Burubofawei said the flood had rendered almost all the residents homeless noting that over 200 houses were sacked with no fewer than over 20 thousand persons affected.

Another victim, Mr. Roland Omietei, lamented that flooding had become a problem in the community and accused successive administrations in the state of being insensitive to their plight.

He said: “without sounding immodest the governments have not been fair to us over the years. They have abandoned us. I have since moved my family to my cousin’s place in a nearby community pending when normalcy returns.

“It will be suicidal leaving the children in such a horrible environment and exposed to dangerous reptiles such as snakes and others.

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