As the rainy season intensifies, residents of Bayelsa State are lamenting the damage caused by flood due to the heavy rains over the last few days.
Heavy downpour on Saturday, June 26, which lasted for over two hours, affected areas such as Edepie, Etegwe, Opolo-Epie, Biogbolo-Epie and Yenizue-Gene.
Some residents in the affected areas were seen trying to evacuate water from their flooded houses by opening up nearby water channels and drainages.
Speaking with our correspondent, some of the residents lamented that the rains have destroyed their personal property including household items such as furniture and electronics, and blamed the lack of good drainages in the state to the situation.
A resident in the Edepie area, Mrs Comfort Alawari, said flood has chased her away from her shop because of the high water level and appealed to the government to urgently do something.
She said: “I can’t open my shop again. The water level is too high. It is scary. My goods in the shop, some of them are damaged. The government needs to do something, they should help us.
“See this area, it is one of the worst. Whenever it rains, the water stays for days because there is no good drainage to evacuate the water and that is bad”.
Another resident of Opolo-Epie, Agama Geoffrey, said he has to access his house through a wooden foot bridge, also known as “monkey bridge”, because of the flood which has submerged the road in the area.
He explained that the flood has made movement very difficult around the area and has cut off some streets from others, compounding the problems of the people.
“Look at that street, before now if I am coming from that area, all I need to do is pass through that street but now it is impossible. So what I do is to go and turn from the other side which is a longer route and then climb this “monkey bridge” to reach my house,” he said.
In the Etegwe area, Gift Oki, urged the state government to include the issue of good drainage system in their urban renewal programme, as the sufferings of the people is too much to bear.
Oki, who is a civil servant, said the situation is so bad because with the flood, mosquitoes have increased in the environment and with the constant power outage, they are at the mercy of sicknesses such as malaria.
Other areas affected by the downpour include Ekeki, Amarata, Kpansia, Okaka, Onopa, Yenizue-Epie, Elebele-AIT Road, Agudama-Epie and Imiringi Road.