Six Oko communities in Oshimili south submerged as trapped nursing mothers, community members cry for rescue

The people of Oko clan have pleaded with Delta state government to save them from the flood wreaking havoc in their domain as the entire six communities in Oko clan have been submerged in floods.

Our correspondent visited the communities in the entourage of immediate past council chairman of Oshimili South local government area, Barrister Chuks Greatman, who hails from one of the Oko communities on assessment tour.

The people who have already been trapped in their houses on seeing the team, raised their voices pleading, “Government should please come to our aid. We are suffering. Government should please rescue us. We have nowhere to go to.’

The people of the communities who are farmers cried out, saying that their farms which remained their sole means of livelihood have been destroyed by the flood.

Some of them had no other choice than to harvest their farm produce prematurely to salvage the little they could from the already submerged farmlands.

The schools, primary health centres, women development centre and palace of the monarch were not spared.  The people could only access the different quarters in the communities by canoes.

More pathetic were the plight nursing mothers with new born babies of few weeks old and others with children too young to take care of themselves. They complained that the flood had put them in untold agony, especially the difficulty in setting up fire to cook their meal and having to stand all through the cold nights in their flooded houses, not knowing their fate as they have nowhere to go to.

Many of the community people were seen peeling their prematurely harvested cassava, loading them into sacks and leaving them in the flood to ferment for ‘fufu’ preparation, while some who were lucky to have milled theirs, were seen frying it into garri on suspended fire platforms. Those involved in animal husbandry, especially poultry farmers, recorded huge loss due to high mortality rate.

Mrs. Nwanneka Nnamdi who clutched her few days old baby to her chest said, in tears, “I am pleading with government to come and help me. The cold is too much for my baby. I am afraid of the flood but I don’t have anywhere to go to because we are poor to afford a place outside here. Even feeding is difficult now because of the flood.”

Another young lady, Uloma Udoekwe, said they do not sleep at nights as they had to stand all through the night for fear of falling asleep and getting drowned in the flood. “I am begging the government to build a temporary place for us to stay as we do not have anywhere to go to.”

Some of the children who do not seem to have the slightest idea of the problem their parents were dealing with were seen having a swimming contest in the flood.

However, some of the community people who had alternative accommodation upland have since relocated while a few others were seen in make shift tents in a dry empty land under the bridge.

 

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