It has been lamentation galore in five riverine communities in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State; Torukubuagbene, Awanba, Koropigbene, Itagbene, Asigborodo, which have been overrun by flood.
The councillor representing Ogbinbiri Ward 18 in Asigborodo community, Kenren Pere, while disclosing this to journalists in Warri on Monday, stated that the incident began over a week ago noting that the situation became worse on Friday.
“Though, the rain has been fallen in the past, but we have not had it so bad like this,” he stated.
According to him, residents can no longer go about their normal daily activities to feed.
“So, there is hunger in the affected communities,” he added.
The serving councillor raised the alarm that the lives of his people were at stake just as he appealed for urgent intervention by the state government.
Pere pleaded that the state government to urgently send relief materials, including food items to the people to alleviate their suffering.
He said, “I cannot attribute the course to the downpour that has been happening in recent time. Though rain has been falling before, we have not had it so bad like this.
“Many valuables, including local boats, cloths and food items have been destroyed by the unfortunate occurrence.
“Life is at stake, people can no longer go about their normal daily activities to feed. So, there is hunger in the affected communities.
“The overflow started more than a week now but the situation became worse three days ago, living my people in fear”.
When contacted, the Chairman of Warri North Local Government Area, Mr Smart Asekutu, did not pick the several calls put across nor responded to the WhatsApp messages sent to his cell phone.
Meanwhile, Mr Daniel Okpor, Director, Administration and Finance, Delta Emergency Management Agency said that the agency was not aware of the development.
Okpor, however, requested for video clips of the incident to aid their findings and response.
“Was the incident as a result of flood or rainfall? We believe more on video than photographs. In the absent of video, you can send me photographs,” he requested.