Several houses, properties and farm crops worth millions of naira have been destroyed by flood that submerged four communities at Ekperi clan in Etsako Central Local Government Area of the Edo State.
Mika Amanokha, the state commissioner for youths and special duties, listed the affected four communities to include Ofukpo, Osomhmegbe, Udaba and Ughomere.
Amanokha, who visited the affected communities with top management of the ministry, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), appealed to people living around the river banks and flooded areas in the state to relocate to upland areas.
He said the visit was for an on-the-spot assessment and to sensitise the indigenes on the importance of relocating to a safe area.
The commissioner, who enjoined those living around the riverbanks to relocate, noted that the water was fast increasing by the day and was over taking the communities around.
He urged them to relocate so as to avoid damages and casualties, as he also visited the constructed resettlement camp built by the Federal Government at Ekperi for flood relief and rehabilitation victims in Etsako Central Local Government Area.
He however gave the assurance that the state government would clean up the building and activate the camp to make it habitable, functional and conducive for victims to live in.
He said the resettlement camp could accommodate several families affected by flood disaster in the locality.
Earlier, Muminu Salami, an indigene of Ofukpo community, appreciated the state government for coming to the community to ascertain the level the flood affected them.
Salami narrated that the flood had damaged their properties and crops, and therefore solicited for the state government’s intervention.
Also speaking, Abdullahi Abbas, an indigene of Osomhegbe, appealed to the state government to ameliorate their suffering by providing succour for them, stating that their properties and farm crops had been submerged.
IDRIS UMAR MOMOH, BENIN