More than 21 days after a Delta State government burrow pit overshot its bounds and wreaked havoc on residents of Aribogha Street and environs at Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area, the state government is yet to come to the rescue of victims.
When Vanguard visited the area, weekend, it was gathered that the burrow pit was still overflowing with more houses facing the danger of collapsing.
The rampaging flood from the burrow pit collapsed a wing of Mekaval Hotel and also submerged several houses in the locality.
“It is true that the deputy governor, Mr. Kingsley Otuato, visited, but he did not go to the burrow pit to see the problem nor did he inspect the houses to see the damage to our property. He only saw the collapsed Mekaval Hotel wing,” one of the residents said, yesterday.
According to him, “The truth is that we are yet to see any intervention by the state government or intervention agency 21 days after the incident. This is very sad. The residents are therefore, calling on Delta State Government to open an Internally Displaced People, IDP camp for them. Our fate is worse than that of residents on the bank of River Niger who were hit by flood sometime ago.”
Another resident, Kingsley Ogbome, said: “We wrote the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and his Commissioner for Environment on September 14, drawing their attention to our plight. We have also written to have audience with the governor but we are yet to hear from him. Now, the flood level is increasing after 21 days and may be there till December. More buildings are in danger of collapse. Government should set in motion a process to drain the burrow pit through Jakpa Road to Ekpan River and also clear natural waterways from Jesus is Lord Street to JK Kennedy school and Regal clinic gutter to Ekpan river,” he asserted.