By Francis Onoiribholo Ag Bureau Chief Benin
Over twenty communities with a population of over 370,000 have been rendered homeless by flood in Etsako Central, Etsako East Local and Esan South East Local Government areas of Edo State after the River Niger overflows its bank at the weekend.
The ravaging flood destroyed virtually everything in the affected areas including, buildings, house hold properties and food crops in their farmlands. .
The affected communities are Udochi, Osomhegbe , Udaba, Agbavu, Ofukpo, Anegbete, Ukpeko all in Etsako Central LGA, Aganebode, the headquarters of Etsako East Local Government area and its surrounding villages have been taken over by the flood, while Ilushi, Urho, Urhowa and Inyelen in Esan South East LGA have completely destroyed by the flood with the entire people moved to Ubiaja the Council Headquarters.
Secondary and primary Schools in the none affected Areas are now housing all the people of the affected communities who were moved down by their various local governments where they are now living like refugees.
As at the time of filling this story the state Governor Adams Oshiomhole was still overflying all the affected areas in a Helicopter to access the situation before making a statement on the situation.
Senator Odion Ugbesia representing Edo Central at the Upper House who visited the affected area in his constituency on Saturday described the situation as precarious and promised to table the disaster at the Senate this week.
Speaking to newsmen at Ekperi Grammar Schoo, Ekperi where over 10,000 people are being camped by the authority of Etsako Central local, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Oshiomhole on Security and Surveillance, Mr Emmanuel Oshiogbhele called on the Federal Government to urgently come to the aid of the effected communities by proving make shift shelter, food and drugs to avoid outbreak of epidemics.
Oshiogbhele who described the disaster as monumental noted that with the extent of damage done to moveable and immovable property in the affected area, the situation has gone beyond what the state Government can handle.