By Festus Ahon
ASABA – PARTS of Asaba, the Delta State capital, were Saturday submerged, following a heavy down pour which lasted for over six hours and caused gridlock on the Okpanam road.
Delta Broadcadting Station, DBS, Asaba, wes submerged by the flood. Okpanam road, DBS Road, SSS road, West end were heavily flooded, cutting off the Asaba shopping mall. Our correspondent reports that the drainage being constructed on the Okpanam road was overwhelmed by the flood.
The flood which led to the collapse of parts of the fence of the State Broadcasting Station, DBS, also cut off the State Police headquarters and Okpanam village from the Asaba metropolis.
Sunday Vanguard reports that commercial activities suffered setbacks as many businesses, including supermarkets and stores were forced to close shops.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah expressed worry about the development, adding that the State Government was working out modalities to tackle the problem of perennial flooding in the State capital and other parts of the State.
Ukah in a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Mr. Sam Ijeh said government was concerned about the safety of all those living in the state, enjoining residents to avoid areas with high current of flood for their safety.
Noting that the state government feels the pains and inconveniences suffered by residents in terms of damage or loss of property, he assured that all contractors recently awarded drainage and flood control projects would be mobilised to site as soon as the dry season sets in.