Abua - Three persons have been confirmed dead as floods submerged eight communities in the Abua/Odua Local Government Area of Rivers.
The Chairman of the local council, Mr Udi Odum, who confirmed the information in Abua on Tuesday, said the floods occurred following the overflow of Orashi River.
Odum told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the floods which began in mid-September had not receded, adding that such floods had not occurred in the area for a long time.
He said the affected communities were Adada, Emesu, Emelego, Akani, Obrany, Kalaibiama, Ogbema I and Ogbema II.
"Apart from loss of lives and property, farmlands have also been swept away by the rampaging floods. I can tell you that more than 85 per cent of our people are farmers, and their only means of livelihood has been destroyed," the chairman said.
Odum said the flood destroyed crops, such as banana, plantain, yam, cassava and garden egg, as well as fish ponds.
"The level of devastation is really beyond what the council can handle. We are appealing to the state and federal governments to come to our aid because our people affected by the floods have been displaced and need urgent assistance," he said.
Odum said that the council would donate relief materials to the victims before assistance from the federal or state government could come.
"As a council, we will see what we can do to assist our people. In the interim, we have told residents of coastal areas to vacate their homes because the floods are still coming," he said.
Chief Ipeghan Edum, the traditional ruler of Ogbema II, told NAN that residents of the community had left because of the floods.
"We are appealing to the government to come to our aid because we are really suffering. For now, we need food, medicine and other things that will give us succour," he said.