….floods over ran a farm he borrowed N500,000 to invest in.
By Ude Ejikeme
A 60 year old man simply identified as Friday allegedly committed suicide over the weekend after his farmland was submerged by floods. The father of 4 could no longer entertain the pains of N500,000 he borrowed from a bank which he invested in his farming business, as his farmland was submerged in Ebu community in Oshimili North Local Government of Delta State.
Delta State Commissioner of Police (CP) Ikechukwu Aduba, in a telephone interview with me said Late Friday was said to have done well to have relocated his wife and four children from the flooded community before committing suicide on a mango tree.
Aduba also disclosed that the over-flowing River Niger has completely submerged the Asaba-Ugbolu road, cutting off about 11 communities, including Ebu from having access to the state capital.
Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that as more local government councils and communities are being ravaged by floods in Delta State, it has registered 8,790 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS) who had been squatting in various internally displaced peoples camps in the state.
Yushua Shuaib, Head of Public Relations, NEMA headquarters in Abuja told this reporter in an interview that the director-General of his agency Muhammadu Sani-Sidi, while presenting relief materials to the victims disclosed that more camps would be established to accommodate the increasing number of displaced persons.
Shuaib said emergency workers were in the state for rapid responses assessment where they discovered that the water level in the coastal communities had continued to rise, thereby affecting more persons and posing threat to lives and property.
He said NEMA hired boats to evacuate trapped persons at Okpai Obeze, Okpai Umuaguru, Akarai Ekiti, Azagba, Powerline and Forest Guard Communities to nearby IDP camps. He urged the state government to engage all critical stakeholders in the management of the natural disaster to effectively address the plights of the affected people especially those in the camps.