Catholic priest,children drown in Bayelsa flood

Catholic priest,children drown in Bayelsa flood

The devastating flood sweeping through Bayelsa has claimed three casualties including a Catholic priest and two children.

The deceased priest, Fr Francis Ighorurhie was said to have drowned Thursday night after he fell off a wooden bridge at the flooded area of Kaiama community in Kolokuma/ Opokuma.

“This is a sad moment for us. Father was on his way back from Bomadi in Delta State when he met his untimely death. But for the flood he could still have driven his car straight to his residence instead of parking by the road. It was as he was walking on the wooden bridge, which has been submerged he slipped and got drowned. Those staying at his residence had to raise alarm when they saw his car by the roadside and he was nowhere to be found.

“They however became suspicious when they saw his bag containing some provision floating on the water not far from the bridge, divers were contacted and his remains was recovered”, said a sympathizer

Two school children were also said to have died at Goodnews road, Akikoro, in Yenagoa Local Government Area while returning from school. Many communities in Sagbama, Kolokuma/ Opokuma, Yenagoa Local Government Areas have been submerged due to the rising level of water in the State.

There have been calls by environmentalists that the government should close down the schools to so as not to expose children to unnecessary risks.


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