- Posted October 13, 2012 by
Flood devastation of Ekpeyeland - Journey to Odiokwu
Flood devastation in Ekpeyeland has risen to an alarming state. The Ekpeyes are an ethnic nationality in Rivers State – Nigeria inhabiting the land between the Orashi river and the Sombreiro river, in both Ahoada-West and Ahoada-East Local Government Areas. So many people have been rendered homeless and their homes taken over by fish and wild animals. Farmlands have all been submerged. There is certainly going to be a drought this year, because Ekpeye farmers have lost all their farm produce to flood. Ekpeye villages are now cut off from the rest of the world. The road to Odiokwu-Ahoada, is now a deep stream. Access is now only possible by boat, and I counted just two canoes plying the Odiokwu - Odiereke road. The old and elderly are dying. Children are at risk. Mosquito bites, snakebites, and attack by wild animals are rampant. People are hungry, frustrated and disillusioned. No help has come from the Rivers State or Federal Government of Nigeria. Ekpeye people badly need a lot of help. The flooding in Ekpeyeland is part of the ongoing National flooding deluge that was caused by the release of dangerously high volumes of water from Lagdo dam by the Camerounian authorities.