TWO villagers who hurried to their farms in Rivers State to harvest cassava due to the threatening flood have regrettably been drowned by flood, while an outbreak of skin diseases has been reported in some of the over 70 communities affected by flood in the state.
The affected communities are in Ahoada West, Ahoada East, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni and Abua/Odua Local Government Areas of the state.
According to the Chairman of Ahoada West Local Government Area, AWELGA, Mr Hope Ikiriko, two people went to harvest their premature cassava when flood caught up with them and they could not be rescued.”
The Paramount ruler of Okparaki community, one of flood-ravaged communities, Chief Paul George, has also decried the outbreak of skin diseases amongst the villagers.
Reacting to the situation, some of the villages express their sadness stating that the situation has thrown them into hunger. Mercy Williams, one of the affected farmers said: “The problem is that the water level is too much. What we experienced last time is better than what is happening now. We are using canoe to go to our farm to see if we can save some of our crops because we are hungry.” “We are harvesting our crops seriously. Some people used only three days to finish the whole of their farm. They even invited their relations to join them to harvest their farms. “Everything we planted, yam, potatoes, cassava, have all been covered by water. After this flood we will face hunger,” she asserted. We sell harvested produce at give-away
The villages are calling on the FG through the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to intervene in the disaster and provide help to the affected people.