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Flood control: Delta govt begins massive clearing of canals

Flood control: Delta govt begins massive clearing of canals - state

By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

The Delta gov­ernment has com­menced massive clearing of drains and opening of canals in various communities in the , es­pecially in Uzere, Isoko North Local Government Area of the , Ughelli, Bomadi, some parts of Asaba, among others.

The Commissioner for En­vironment, Barr. John Nani, who confirmed the move by the government to jour­nalists on Thursday in Asaba, that the efforts of the government was part of the sustained strategies to dras­tically reduce the impact of flooding in the affected com­munities.

He said that the aim of the exercise took sanitation of­ficials to Araya where they opened up several canals and drains, noting that Uzere was a major recipient of all flood water from Araya and envi­rons.

Nani explained that the ex­ercise also involved the me­chanical clearing of shrubs and weed from Oko tour water canal to Eriede Bridge that discharges water to Patani River, Agbada Urhue stream to Etoko with the discharge to Asaba-Ase, and Ofuro Bridge through Okorie Bridge, and Tako farms Bridge to dis­charge at Patani River.

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He said that when complet­ed, the project will solve the age-long problem of flooding in the oil rich kingdom.

The commissioner ex­pressed joy that the efforts of the state government were already yielding positive re­sults as preliminary assess­ment report showed that the flood water was receding from Uzere and farm lands to the Patani River.

Reiterating Governor If­eanyi Okowa’s commitment to raising the bar of governance and resolving the prevalent environmental challenges in the state, he urged the people of Uzere and Isoko nation to continue to stand strong in their support for the Okowa administration, particularly in the 2019 elections.

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Meanwhile, no fewer than seven houses have been de­stroyed by the age-long ero­sion in Agbor and Alifikede following the last few days rainfall. The owners of the affected houses are currently taking refuge in friends’ and rela­tions’ houses.

One of the victims, Chief Lucas Osugie, who spoke to journalists in Agbor, appealed to the state government and individuals to come to his aid, adding that his property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the building col­lapse.

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