Rainy season in Edo State has started to record some ravaging effects on residents of erosion prone areas as the recent down pour submerged houses and destroyed property worth millions of naira in some parts of Benin metropolis.
The down pour also recorded the death of at least one person on Ekewan Road who was swept away by flood, a situation that has caused apprehension among some residents of what their fate would be this rainy season.
However, Edo State government appears not to be folding its arm on the matter as the Commissioner for Environment and Public Utilities, Prince Clem Agba disclosed that a number of measures have been put in place by the state government to address the problem of flooding this rainy season, which he says have started to record success in some areas.
Prince Agba said “heavy rain fall is expected this period due to climate change” and advised those in erosion prone areas to be mindful of flooded areas to avoid falling victim to erosion.
It was gathered that the on-going storm water project when completed will tackle the problem of erosion in the state as disclosed by the commissioner.
Reported by: Deborah Ogbeifun