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Flood cuts off Bayelsa from Nigeria

12 October 2012, 10:23

Bayelsa - Governor Seriaki Dickson of Bayelsa, on Thursday said that the state has been cut off from the rest of the country as a result of the floods.

Dickson said this in Yenagoa when the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke visited him.

The governor described the level of flood in the state as tragic and called on Nigerians to come to the aid of the victims.

``As you know, Yenagoa and Bayelsa have been cut off completely from the rest of the country as a result of the flooding,

``The East-West roads on both sides has also been blocked on the eastern flank to Port Harcourt and also on the western end going to Warri.''

According to him, the Government House in Yenagoa will be under threat if the rain continues as the situation is getting critical by the day.

``I have gone round government house and the water level is rising at a rate that I consider that even the government house is threatened.

``If the water level and rains continue in the next couple of days, we may have no alternative than to vacate.''

Dickson said that most of the major settlements, communities and villages in the state had been submerged thereby causing strain on the capital.

He said that the state government was working hard to deal with the challenges posed by the flood, especially in the areas of  health, security and shelter.



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