Residents have been sacked from their houses by flood in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following last weekend’s downpour which lasted two days.
The flood affected some parts of Trans Amadi Road and other parts of the state. The flood also submerged over 100 homes and four churches in Rumuolumeni community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
Facebook user, Sir Precious Baritordo Baridoo posted photos showing his flooded residence at Rumuigbo, Port Harcourt. He and his family have been living in a church since last Sunday.
“I thank God that there was no electrocution and no life was lost in my flooded residence.
I also thank God for Evangelist Mrs. Christiana Bright, and her husband Pastor Lucky Bright of Divine Powerful Hand of God Ministry, Rumuomoi Port Harcourt for giving my family a place to stay since Sunday night.
“May I use this opportunity to call on the management of National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) South – South Zone, the Rivers State Government, the Ministry of Environment, The Ministry of Urban Development, and other relevant Agencies with Spirited Individuals, to come to my aid and that of other Flood Victims, so as to alleviate our plight.
There may be epidemic if steps are not taking to help the Flood Victims, because the flood contains faeces, decayed dead organisms and diverse kinds of refuge.
“This is a natural disaster that has brought untold hardship on victims at this critical time of our lives with the present economic realities in Nigeria.
Government should develop the political will to nib-in-the-bud in tackling the causative factors responsible for this avoidable flood. Buildings and properties on waterways should be removed, developers should never be allowed to erect structures without approved plans, there should be well designed drainages that befits the city, government policies on refuge disposal should be adhered to and environmental best practices should be put in place to avoid reoccurrences. A stitch -in-time they say saves nine.”