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Erosion Sweeps Four Buildings, Threatens Schools In Delta

Posted: Jan 14, 2016 at 6:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Felix Igbekoyi
Correspondent, Asaba
Erosion has swept four buildings into the River Niger at Onyah Community, Ndokwa East Local Government, Delta State.
Onyuku Primary School, Onyah is equally about to be swept by erosion just as some cracks are already being noticed in the staff room of the community’s secondary school.
This may not be unconnected with pressure from water from the bank of the River Niger which submerged the houses Thursday morning.
A boy nearly lost his life as they were packing out of their house because part of the building collapsed around where he was but was quickly rescued by those who were assisting them to move out.
No life was however lost to the natural disaster as inhabitants were said to have quickly moved out of the buildings as they begun to notice signs of their imminent collapse.   
Those whose buildings were affected by the incident had began to move into the house of their relatives for shelter.
Eye witness account stated that “It all started at about 7pm on Wednesday but by early yesterday morning, the houses have been washed away,”.    
According to Mr. Don Ejechi, a resident of the community, “We were in our houses when we heard cracking sounds from some building that were falling down, only for to rush there and saw the buildings sliding into the water.”
According to him, erosion had eaten deep into the community, alleging that the erosion was being aggravated by activities of an oil company operating in the area.
“Erosion is posing a very serious threat to lives and properties in this community. A lot of houses have been lost to erosion over the years. Those whose houses are far from where the erosion has gotten to are moving their properties to a church that is in the other end of the community,”  Ejechi revealed.