Flood ravages Benin City, renders many homeless

Written by on June 22, 2020

Residents of several parts of Benin City, Edo State capital, were rendered homeless as a result of a downpour on Saturday, which lasted for several hours.

The worst hit areas were Erediauwa off Sapele Road, where houses and vehicles have submerged by floodwater; Arousa off Saokponba Road; some areas in Ekenwan Road, 1st East Circular Road, Okhoror, and parts of Ugbowo, GRA and others.

Some residents of Erediauwa said the flooding in the area was as a result of the blockage of the Moat and diversion of rainwater channel by a construction company into the area, which they said was to serve the interest of an individual.

A resident, Obosa Uwuwmagho said: “The people that were brought here to work did a very poor job. The interest of one man is protected against the thousands of people that live here”

Another, Nathaniel Imadomwonyi, added: “They channelled the water’s right from Upper and other areas; they blocked the moat because of one man.” At Asoro, Off Sokpoba Road, Jennifer Osaro said the small dingy house where she stays with her children have been destroyed. Isaac Ighodalo attributed the flood to the abandonment of the Benin Water Storm project, which was started by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole administration.


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