RAVAGING FLOODS

Thousands of residents in Port Harcourt, A major Niger Delta city are now counting their heavy losses and licking their wounds after a 2-day torrential rainfall wreaked havoc in the city and on its inhabitants. The rain which started in the early hours of Saturday continued until Sunday afternoon.

The consequences of the heavy down pour were massive flooding and destruction of Lives and properties as well as disruption of both business and religious activities. Many eye witnesses confirmed that the flood submerged thousands of houses in major parts of the Niger Delta city. Also covered by the floods were some major roads, streets, drainages, canals, schools, Churches, hospital premises as well as markets.

Most areas affected by the flood that ravaged the Niger Delta city of Port Harcourt included Rumukalogbor, Elekahia, Nkpogu, Abuloma, Azuabie, Amadi-Ama, and D-Line, some parts of Diobu, including Sangana, Bende, Uyo and Afam Streets.  Also affected by the flood that not only hit Rivers state but also other parts of the Niger Delta region were Elioparanwo, Ogbogoro, Rukpoku, Rumuodomaya, Mkpuoba, Rumuigbo and communities along the Ohiamini axis, including Nta-Wogba, Waja in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt local government area.

Other areas severely hit by the flood included Port Harcourt government reserved area GRA Phase 3. Also, areas around the Rivers State Environmental Sanitation Authority in Mile 3 were not spared. The Immanuel Anglican Church in Rivers State Port Harcourt GRA Phase 3 was sacked. Worshippers had to relocate to a nearby mechanic shed for Sunday worship.

Governor Wike with a Julius Berger official

At the Ohiamini area of Port Harcourt, the Niger Delta city was ridiculed as residents were spotted scooping flood water out from their homes. The Chapel of Victory road leading to Mummy B Junction at the GRA Link Road leading to Stadium Road was entirely flooded. This caused a serious impediment to vehicular traffic in the area. The Elekahia-Nkpogu junction axis of the Trans Amadi in Port Harcourt under construction by Ronier Construction Company RCC was flooded and became impassable.

It was tales of woes all over the city of Port Harcourt, the Niger Delta economic and political capital with most residents lamenting the destruction of their goods and properties. Many residents used the occasion to call on the Rivers State government to do something about the constant floods in Port Harcourt.

The agony of the residents of Port Harcourt city as a result of the rain was shared with their Governor Barrister Nyesom Wike who led a delegation of officials of the State Executive Council, state ministry of works and Julius Berger Construction company engineers on an assessment of the various flood areas of the state.

Flooding in a Port Harcourt Street

The governor on inspecting the various flood sites directed the continuous de-silting of all the major canals in the town. He also ordered the evacuation of all refuse and debris from all gutters, canals and flood channels in Port Harcourt and environs.  He also directed the relevant government agencies to take immediate remedial measures to mitigate the adverse effect of the flood. He ordered the state emergency relief agencies to provide succor to people who urgently needed emergency relief.

The governor also used the occasion to advise the residents of the city and Rivers State, in general, to stop dumping of refuse in water channels. The governor said such actions lead to the blockage of water channels which lead to flooding. Threatening to take harsh actions to avoid such devastating floods in future governor Wike vowed to do all that is necessary no matter whose ox is gored to stop the future occurrence of such destructive flood.