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How erosion killed 6, destroyed 27 houses in Delta

By Osakhare Erese, Asaba

State have raised the alarm over the gully erosion menace ravaging the areas.

Worse of the peoples’ predicaments was the death of six persons alleged to have been drowned by the gully erosion while 27 houses were reported to have been destroyed.

The community highly populated and blessed with commercial and diligent farmers is under serious siege of the erosion especially when it rains the entire community becomes inaccessible of roads, especially those linking up the old Lagos-Asaba road, the Benin-Asaba express way as it has remained sources of night mare to its residents.

Investigation revealed that the absence of access roads in these highly commercial areas, the movement of goods, especially textiles and agriculture products have also become impossible as the plight of its residents have been deepened over their inability of movement especially in transporting their goods to urban areas.

It was reliably gathered that victims of the unfortunate gully erosion lost their lives three weeks ago while they had attempted to struggle and remove their properties when the erosion swept their houses.

Some respondents who lamented the situation said the attempt allegedly made to stop the use of motorcycles popularly known as (Okada) in Boji-Boji Agbor, Boji-Boji Owa and its environs by the state Ministry of Transport; a situation that has resulted in a total collapse of commercial activities and evacuation of agriculture produce.

 

One of the respondents who spoke to our correspondent, Adamu Okobah, a trader in the areas, noted that the roads and drainage systems have completely broken down, adding that almost every building in the areas

had a road, linking the two major roads, the old Lagos/Asaba road centre of the commercial activities and the Benin/Asaba express way.

Also, Mrs. Esther Egonti a business woman expressed sadness at the rate of deterioration of the roads and drains and blamed them on lack of maintenance over the years and however solicited the state governments assistance in other to pave the way to effective commercial activities as well as save lives and properties from the rampaging effects of the flood water in the areas.

Speaking on behalf of the affected Landlords and Landladies, Mr. Edwin Ikeke Agidi, a retired civil servant however sought the assistance of the state government in addressing the devastation of gully erosion which had eroded off various streets and properties in the areas.

Mr. Agidi who was alarmed at the rapidity of havoc caused by the rampaging gully erosion measuring over 65m deep and 50m wide which he said had caved in over 27 residential buildings and forced over 20 families to abandon their houses, called on the Delta state government and the state House of Assembly to declare a state of emergency on the gully erosion site.

He noted that one and a half kilometres long gully has eroded the top soil road, culvert electricity poles, residential buildings, economic plants especially on Midomer street road to Abraka Road, and expressed fear that the worse could happen if prompt remedial action is not taken.

But the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Fidelis Tilije in a swift reaction expressed the state government commitment with a view to fixing deplorable roads and as well as tackling many of the gully erosion problems across the state.

While assuring residents of the affected areas of government’s support to the erosion problem, Commissioner said that measures were being taken to tackle the erosion menace across Agbor communities and its environs

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