Flood: Primary school building collapses in Bayelsa

Flooded Sagbama community in Bayelsa state Photo: NAN
Flooded Sagbama community in Bayelsa state Photo: NAN

The community members have appealed to the state and federal government for help.

While the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, is making plans to honour a former governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, convicted of looting the state’s treasury, some primary school kids in the state cannot go to their flood-damaged school with no alternative provided yet.

The flood ravaging Tombia community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state destroyed a primary school building.

A traditional ruler, Christian Otobotekere, disclosed this when the state Commissioner for Environment, Sylvanus Abila, and his team, visited the area on a flood impact assessment tour.

Mr. Otobotekere, the Amananaowei of Tombia, appealed to the state and federal governments to do everything possible to prevent flood water from ravaging the town.

He suggested the dredging of the community water channel and filling potholes dotting the town.

Meanwhile, a youth corps member at the Community Primary School, Lot Bino, said that the school had been shut due to the flooding.

The commissioner’s team also visited Biseni and Kalama communities in Yenagoa Local Government Area.

At Biseni, an indigene, Nath Scot, noted that the flood had become an annual problem, forcing some residents to flee their homes while others bailed water from their houses daily.

Mr. Scot called for immediate assistance from the Bayelsa Government.

The commissioner, Mr. Abila, appealed to affected communities to remain calm, and assured them that efforts were ongoing to provide relief materials to the affected communities.

Several communities in six of the eight local government areas of Bayelsa have been submerged.

Toru-Orua community in Sagbama local council, hometown of Mr. Dickson, was also affected by the flood.

 

 

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