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Flood displaces 120,000 villagers in 60 communities


No fewer than 60 communities have either been submerged or ravaged by a charging flood in four states of the Niger-Delta, specifically, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa and Ondo states, in the past few weeks, with more than 120,000 persons reportedly dislodged following the overflow of the River Niger an
d the bordering tributaries. The kind of flooding that was experienced, this year, HAS NEVER BEEN EXPERIENCED IN THE LAST FIVE DECADES in the riverside communities of the Niger-Delta and the situation was not helped by the fact that most of the communities do not have foreshore protective walls and there was no piling or concrete measures taken to prevent flood disaster. Worse hit is Delta state where at least 50 communities were affected at Ndokwa-East, Patani, Bomadia and Burutu local government areas. The palaces of two royal fathers in Ndokwa-East were destroyed in addition to other residential buildings, farmlands, economic crops and domestic animals in the endangered communities.

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THAILAND - Two more districts in Ayutthaya were declared disaster zones yesterday, bringing the number of severely flooded districts in the province to eight. The worst-hit areas are in Bang Ban district where the flood rose as high as 2.5 metres. 10,187 houses in the provinces were reported to be inundated by last night. The water level in the Chao Phraya river is rising by 10 centimetres a day. It threatens to inundate ancient riverside temples and Siriyalai Palace. Yesterday soldiers helped build a 400-metre wall of sandbags in front of the palace to keep the water back. The weather office said rain would continue to lash southern Thailand until later this week as a low pressure front moved slowly across the area. Heavy rains warnings were issued for nine provinces in the South, including Chumphon where 150 village roads and 15 bridges have already been damaged by the flood. Officials have been also told to stay alert in 267 areas prone to mudslides. See Red Flood Alerts 2007
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