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Flood Displaces 327,052, Kills 70

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The ongoing flood ravaging some parts of the country have displaced about 327,052 persons, with about 70 deaths recorded as at Friday, September 21, 2018.

This information was obtained from the weekly data collected by stakeholders in disaster management led by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The document revealed that over N12 billion is what is required to tackle the flood disaster, but what was released by the President is N3 billion, leaving the balance of N9,136,954,359.60 as deficit.

A breakdown of the displacement showed that in Delta 37,017 were displaced, Kogi is 89,547, Rivers 10,000, Anambra 64,331, Kebbi 43,325 while Niger and Edo have 51,719 and 31,113 displaced persons respectively.

The document also showed that about 77,460 people were Internally Displaced, while 19,155 people were living with family and friends.

Also, 151 people are injured, 3,544 houses destroyed or partially damaged and 60,208 hectares of Agricultural land destroyed or partially damaged.

It also identified some of the needs of the affected states to include: shelter, relief items, food, hygiene, kits, family items, mosquito nets, and medicines.

Meanwhile the River State government says it is setting up two Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Aluu community in Ikwerre local government area and Ahoada Town in Ahoada-East local government area, to cater for the persons affected by the flood.

The state commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Emeka Onowu, who spoke to newsmen in Port Harcourt yesterday, said Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, directed the Ministry of Special Duties, to look into the plight of residents of the state affected by the flood.

Onowu said: “Let me first of all sympathize with those who are affected. Let them know that the government of Rivers State is solidly behind them at this trying time.

“I want to assure the people affected that His Excellency has approved immediately two IDP camps at Aluu in Ikwerre local government area and in Ahoada Town. The ministry has gone there with all the necessary agencies. We have gone for inspections.”

In the meantime, the paramount ruler of Mbiama Community in Ahoada-West local government area of Rivers State, Eze Emma Dikio, has expressed disappointment that no preventive measure had been undertaken by the state and local governments to prevent flood from ravaging communities in the area.

Dikio said farms and houses in Mbiama community have been submerged as the Orashi Rivers keep rising daily and overflowing its banks.

He said no official of government has approached him to discuss how to protect lives and property of Mbiama residents.

The paramount ruler however said the community has resorted to self-help by setting up makeshift tents in town halls and churches located on highland areas of the community to accommodate those displaced by the flood. Dikio said: “For now, so many families have been rendered homeless. They don’t have any place to go. They are looking for where to go to stay with their property.

 

“We are currently trying to accommodate them in the town halls and churches. That is the arrangement we are making for now to see how we

can alleviate their problems. The government, even the local council has not reached out to the community.

 

“Nobody has gotten any assistance from anybody. There is nothing like IDP camps being arranged by the Council. We want the government to come in and solve our problems.”





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