A 12-year-old girl was swept away by an Intense flood in Okpanam community of Delta State yesterday after heavy rains, which lasted several hours. Parts of Asaba, the state capital and its environs, were covered with flood, including the Direct Labour Agency road.
Although the identity of the girl was not identified as at press time, an eyewitness said the victim, who lives in the Redeemed Church road, unknowingly walked into an open drain filled with floodwater and got swept off.
The busy dualized Okpanam road was taken over by a torrent of muddy waters, causing gridlock. Also, residential buildings along Junior Staff quarter road from Summit road were flooded. The premises of Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) Asaba were not spared as it was submerged by flood, sacking the workers from their offices.
Some of the workers lamented that their offices have been taken over by the intense flood, adding that most of the equipment of the broadcasting station has also been destroyed. They appealed to the state government to expedite action on the storm drainage project as the incessant flooding is hampering the efficiency of the station.
Residents of Umueze in Ibusa town of Delta have also called on the Federal Government and the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, to come to their rescue and save them from perennial intense flood, which has rendered them homeless.
One of the residents, Ogechukwu Okonkwor, who spoke to The Guardian, noted that the intense flood was as a result of the NDDC contractor drainage system constructed poorly without proper channelling. The source said, “this bad job is now causing Umueze people so much pain. Many would be rendered homeless if something is not done urgently.”
Another resident said: “The contractor must be made to face the law. Things should be done right in Delta. We are tired of shoddy jobs.”Follow Us