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Child feared dead as River Ologbo overflows

04 October 2013, 11:30 Abass Ogundipe

Benin - Since late September, incessant torrential downpour has continued to wreck havoc in a greater part of Edo State, culminating in probably the greatest flood disaster to have ever hit the state.

Residents of Ologbo community had their own share of ill-luck Wednesday, when River Ologbo overflowed its bank, submerging houses and destroying properties worth millions of naira.

To further add to the anguish of the community , a six-year-old, only child of an aged woman, Esogie Oritsegbefimi is feared to have drowned.

The hapless woman is seen in a video, captured by an ITV Benin reporter lamenting the probable death of her lad, attempting to dive into the rising water, as other women in the community restrain her.

A traditional ruler in the area, Prince John Atsheleghe, the Atariumogun of Ologbo, appealed to the state and local government and oil companies to come to their aid.

"Since the past fifty-five years that I have been living in this Iteskiri waterside community, I have never experienced this kind of situation,” Prince Atsheleghe bemoaned.

He also solicited that the from Edo State  government build a proper drainage system for the community.
The missing 6-year-old is still missing as of the time of filing this report and his body yet to be recovered.

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