…As snakes sack Ijaw villages
From EMMANUEL OGOIGBE, Warri
As flood continues to ravage several towns and villages in Burutu Council Area of Delta State, a pregnant woman yesterday gave birth to a baby boy inside a boat. Daily Sun gathered that the woman, who was taking refuge in the boat at Yayorogbene village in Ijaw area, was facing hard time as she could not provide shelter for the newborn baby.
It was also learnt that a middle aged woman, identified as Madam Shaka Felix in the same riverine area, attempted suicide as she lost N2 million to the ravaging flood that submerged over 50 houses.
Narrating her ordeal, the woman who refused to be consoled said she had attempted hanging herself in a near-by bush but was rescued by a hunter. She had been placed on security alert to forestall any further attempt on her life. In another development, a pregnant woman with five children almost drowned as the boat they were paddling to cross to the other side of the creek at Ekorogbene village capsized but were rescued by villagers. Investigation revealed that many snakes and other dangerous animals were killed in a house, just as hundreds of flood victims had been trapped in their homes and tents at Ekorogbene village.
It was further learnt that two 80-year-old women and a 90- year-old man who were rescued from their collapsed buildings have pleaded with the state government and the Burutu council to assist them by providing food and shelter.
The eldest man in Ekorogbene Community, Mr. Ekereke Oyakonghan narrated the ordeal of his community, saying the only Ekoro Primary School in the area had been flooded and pupils had been sacked from the school. Meanwhile, the National President, Ijaw People Development Initiative (IPDI) Comrade Austin Ozobo has pleaded with the Federal Government to come to the aid of the victims as their case was growing worse on daily basis.