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Ndokwa Delta Communities Submerged In Flood, Lose Economy As Hon. Emiri Visits


The Oasis Reporters

September 25, 2018

Ase: Homes in Water
Ase: Flooded streets.
Hon. Emmanuel Emiri (seated, middle), pose in a group photo with grief stricken members of the Ekregbesi community taking refuge in Ase. Their homes and property are in water.
Hon. Emmanuel Emiri, wading through flood waters to reach his constituents cut off from the outside world by the devastating floods in Ase, Ekregbesi and Egbeme, Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Delta State, Nigeria.

A heart rending situation confronted the Councillor representing Ward 14 in Ndokwa East Legislative Arm, Hon Emmanuel Emiri on Sunday 23rd of September 2019, when he visited communities affected by an unprecedented flooding in his ward. The communities he visited include Egbeme, Ase and Ekregbesi.

There was palpable grief as Ase citizens told him about the huge losses of farm crops submerged in water with cassava and yam tubers rotting away in the overwhelming flood that gave little warning before the huge deluge which cut off the community from the outside world.

All the fishes in private ponds that usually supply fresh fish to Oleh, Ughelli, Warri amongst other towns were washed away as the rising floods covered them all. The losses are roughly computed to be over 70 million naira in lost crops, farm lands and fish ponds.

The Councillor used the opportunity of his visit to sensitive his constituents on the dangers associated with living in the flooded communities and encouraged them to move to the  Internally Displaced Camps (IDP) that have been set up by the Executive Chairman of Ndokwa East LGA at the Ashaka Skill Acquisition Centre in Ashaka, over 50 km away from Ase .

The neighboring community of Ekregbesi was so submerged that very few rooftops were seen slightly above water. Many of its inhabitants fled the floods to take refuge in Ase, which now has several parts threatened while some parts have already been submerged by the rampaging flood. The Councillor posed for a group photograph with the Ekregbesi people that are taking refuge in Ase.

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