By Eseoghene Emuke
Residents of Alibuoba Quarters by Agbor Technical College, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State are now living in fears after a gully erosion in the area claimed the life of an unidentified resident.
It was the same spot where two teenagers of same parents were washed away three years ago in the community.
It was gathered that the lifeless body of the deceased was discovered on Saturday in the gully erosion following a stench smell observed by residents of the area.
The body of the victim, which was already decomposing, was seen lying face down thereby making it difficult to identify the deceased.
The gully measuring over 50 feet deep and 30 feet wide is situated along the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Road, beside Agbor Technical College.
It was gathered that residents were afraid of accessing the gully as it is capable of washing away anyone who stepped into the spot.
Residents lamented that they were now living in palpable apprehension following the early downpour already being recorded from the first quarter into the second quarter of the year.
The residents said they were also afraid that if the decomposing corpse was not evacuated by relevant government agencies, the situation could lead to outbreak of disease in the nieghbourhood.
“The perennial erosion challenge is worsening by the day. Over 20 buildings are currently under threat of possible collapse”, one of the residents decried.
Speaking on the incident, Comrade Chukwuyem Odia, who is the chairman of the Landlords/Landladies Association in the area, disclosed that residents were already abandoning their houses for safety.
Odia lamented that more area had continued to cave in to gully without help in sight for owners of building in the area.
“Efforts by Landlords and residents to check the erosion have not yielded any result as the challenge had gone out of our resources and reach”, he said.
According to him, the association had written several help letters to Federal and Delta State Governments without results.