By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
Over 30 families in Owanta community, Ika North East Local Government Council of the Delta State where the governor of the state, Ifeany Okowa, hails from have been rendered homeless following alleged poor drainage system awarded by the state government.
It was reliably gathered that the flood, which started at the beginning of the rainy season, was allegedly caused by pitiable drainage system.
A youth leader in the community, Friday Buzugbe, said: “The flood situation here is serious. If we had proper drainage system, we might not be experiencing this problem.
“It is the poor drainage system they did when they rehabilitated the Old Abraka Road that caused this flood which has rendered many people homeless. Landlords have become tenants as the flood has also destroyed houses in the community.
“We plead with our amiable governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, to come to our rescue before more houses are destroyed,” he added.
The State Commissioner for Bureau for Special Duties, Ernest Ogwezzy, who sympathized with the displaced persons when he visited the community, urged the people to regularly clear the drains, stop dumping refuse in the drainage and building of houses on waterways.
Meanwhile, the state government has provided cash to some of the victims to relocate from the endangered area to safer ground.