Last year, residents were sacked from their houses by flood in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, following a heavy downpour during the weekend.
The downpour, which lasted three days, led to serious panic as it submerged over 100 homes and four churches in the state.
Several other parts of the state capital were also flooded. The state office of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, was also taken over by the flood waters with some vehicles parked in the premises submerged.
Residents were spotted battling with the flood, property worth millions of naira were destroyed as a result of the down pour.
River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, went round Port Harcourt to sympathise with families displaced by the flood, promising that his government will take hard decisions to address the flood problem.
The floor was however, attributed to failure of the companies that handled several Road projects to properly channel water into the canal.
“We have been rendered homeless by the flood. My families slept inside a church far from this place while I slept inside my car. Even one of my neighbours has not been seen since last night when we saw him parking his property and at that time his family moved to another place. Nobody knows what has happened to him. The company is responsible for all this suffering. I remember we called them when they were constructing Iwofe Road which even attracted the attention of Governor Wike who even ordered them to canalize that area properly, but they did not listen. Now, the canal has been blocked and the water is not flowing,” resident identifed as Benibo told Vanguard.
But then, its a year now, nothing has changed and nothing has been done to avert reoccurrance, the flood is back and even better, creeping into homes, roads, shops, offices and distroying properties.
Here is a video taken yesterday at New Eneka layout, New Airport Road Port Harcourt (along OPM Ministry) after a heavy down pour.
What is the state government doing to tackle pressing issues like this?
One tend to wonder.