Residents flee as erosion sweeps away houses in Bayelsa community

Five buildings and other property in Obogoro Town in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have been washed away into the Ikoli River following a landslide arising from Coastal Erosion.

The incident, which took place last Saturday night to Sunday, displaced several persons as scores of residents were seen fleeing from the ravaging natural disaster.

The residents are appealing to the state and federal governments to urgently come to their rescue and tackle the menace.

A frontline activist in the Save Obogoro Campaign, Ada Gwegwe, said the erosion is threatening the town as residents had continue to pack their valuable and abandoned their homes, “no thanks to the ravaging coastal erosion in the area.”

He explains that a year after a similar incident happened with all the promises of action from relevant authorities, nothing significant had been done, leaving the residents in palpable fear.

In May this year, the state Governor, Douye Diri, after inspecting the Saint John’s Primary School, Ogbogoro, which had been washed away by the erosion, directed the state Commissioners for Works and Infrastructure and that of Environment to canalise the river at Obogoro community in other to salvage the situation.

Also, a Obogoro leader, Chief Richard Somkume, appealed to the state and federal governments to expedite action in order to save the community from going into extinction.

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