7th June, 2012
Residents of the Nigerian city of Asaba were Thursday again trapped in their homes, as the roads and streets in the Delta capital were flooded as a result of an early morning rain today.
The rains which started around 3 a.m. stopped only few minutes before 6 a.m.. It was the third heavy downpour since the beginning of the week. It rained Sunday and Tuesday, making many streets and roads impassable.
This had further prompted the increase in transport fare by commercial drivers and motorcyclists.
At Biose Mantu Street off the Direct Labour Agency (DLA) road, pedestrians removed their shoes to pass through the flooded road.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported vehicles and motorcycles being abandoned in the flooded water.
At the DLA road, a portion of the road very close to the Oshimili South Local Government Area Secretariat had been divided into two by flood.
This has forced road users on that road to divert through either feeder roads or the Benin-Asaba expressway.
Similarly at the Jesus Saves, Okpanam, and Anwai Government House roads the story was the same, as the flood had slowed down vehicular movements on the roads, with many vehicles broken down.
Ezenei Avenue and the popular Nnebisi Road were not spared by the flood, this was in spite of the huge funds, the Delta Government had expended on flood control in the state.
A commercial motor cyclist, who simply gave his name as Mike, said that that it was sad that for more than three years, the flood control measure put in place by the administration was yet to be effective.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Sunny Ogefere, said that the governor had directed that urgent measures be taken to solve the problem.