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Flood threatens Port Harcourt residents

By Iroh Faithful, Port Harcourt

Torrential rainfall has submerged many parts of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, News Headquarter can report.

Our environment correspondent who was in several parts of the state capital especially Government Reserved Area (GRA) observes that residents were unable to cope with the volume of storm water generated by this year’s rains.

Roads, buildings and vehicles were overrun by storm water as climatic changes contributes greatly to a high level of rainfall.

Victims also said parts of GRA Phase II were largely affected as the canal which carries storm water to nearby rivers and waterways seemingly over flowed its bank.

It is noted that most buildings in that high brow area lie within marshy flood plains reclaimed over the years by land developers.

This year’s flood in Port Harcourt is believed to be the worst in the last five years.

Vehicles parked in some mechanic sheds within the area were completely submerged.

Experts have predicted months ago that the Rivers State would be among states that would be ravaged by this year’s flooding.

There has been no reaction from the Rivers State Government, following the storm water advance which caused panic among some residents.

Rivers state is located in oil-rich Niger delta region of the country.

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