Flood ravages Goodluck Jonathan’s hometown Otuoke

Goodluck Jonathan Otuoke hometown flooded

Large parts of Otuoke Community, hometown of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Bayelsa, have been submerged in flood.

NAN visited the community and observed that residents now use canoes to access their homes following the overflow of River Orashi, Taylor and Epie creeks situated in Rivers and Bayelsa respectively.

One of the residents affected by the flood, Azibalua Oru, called on the Federal Government, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the state government to come to their aid.

He said most of their property have been damaged by the flood.

Oru also told NAN that the flood has dispatched reptiles around the communities, threatening lives.

Another resident, Emmanuel Peter, said they can’t leave their homes, because thieves are looting their property.

He also called for the intervention of the state government and security agencies to support and protect lives and property.

A NAN correspondent who visited the Federal University Otuoke campus said the institution was affected badly by the flood.

Godknows Frank, a youth leader, said that this year’s flood was worse than that of 2012, and urged the federal and state governments to put modalities in place to tackle the menace.

He said if the state government had heeded the advice of NEMA, SEMA and other relevant agencies which warned them before now, the devastation would not have been grave as this.

Frank called on those contesting for various elective positions to assist the people as this is the time to show love to the people.