Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie Amadi, has attributed the flash floods in some parts of Port Harcourt metropolis to the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages and flood canals.
Mr Tasie Amadi stated that some residents are also reclaiming lands with canals and building on them.
He noted that even though government is spending a lot to evacuate waste in drainages, residents are not being responsible about where they dispose of their waste.
According to the commissioner, the ongoing construction in some parts of Port Harcourt is not responsible for the flood and recommended that buildings on canals be demolished.
“As you may know, some areas of Port Harcourt have continued to witness flash floods that submerge roads, vehicles, and houses, leaving residents, commuters and businesses stranded,” he said.
On Tuesday, the floods affected areas like Peter Odili, Azikiwe Road, D line, GRA, Rumukalagbo and Rumuokwuta roads.
Also, the ground floor of the Port Harcourt Mall beside the Government House was flooded.
The manager of the Mall, Chioma Okoye, disclosed that the flooding worsened after Julius Berger worked on the road in front of the mall.
She called on the company to return and do a proper job on the drainages.