Over 10 communities in four kingdoms in the Oshimili South and Ndokwa East Local Government Areas of Delta State have been submerged by flood, which has forced the monarchs and their subjects to desert the areas.
Our correspondent, who visited the communities through a speed boat on Thursday, observed that many houses were submerged in Oko, Abala-Oshimili, Aika and Opkai kingdoms.
Speaking to Southern City News, the Owalle of Obecha-Utchi, Michael Okwuose, decried the devastation caused by the flood.
He said, “Yes, we are suffering here, but instead of us to go to Internally Displaced Persons camps, it is better we die here in the village than dying in the IDP camps.
“We chose to remain here because of the experience we had in 2012 and 2018. If the flood will kill us, let it kill us here in the village. The government didn’t take care of us throughout the time we spent in the camps last year. We lost everything by time we came back to our village; it was hell on earth.
“The government promised to assist us after the flood of 2018, but nothing was given to us to start life afresh and this year again, they are asking us to move to the camps to do what?
“As you can see, many houses have been submerged, including that of the king. From Oko Kingdom to Abala Oshimili down to Okpai, the communities are already flooded.”
He urged the government to find a lasting solution to the flood menace in the area.
Meanwhile, the Delta State Government has set up six IDPs camps across the state and warned residents of flood-prone communities to relocate to the upland.