Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flood: 8,790 displaced people registered in Delta

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The numbers of displaced persons in Delta State increase

Over eight thousand, seven hundred and ninety people have been displaced following the flood waters that inundated various communities in Delta State, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.

This figure is not conclusive as NEMA says it has only so far, registered this number of people.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, also said that more camps would be established to accommodate the increasing numbers of displaced people.

Represented by the Deputy Director Relief, Mike Adeyanju, the NEMA boss said emergency workers are in the state for a rapid response assessment. The workers discovered that the water level in the coastal communities have continued to rise, thereby affecting more persons and posing a threat to lives and properties.

He said the agency hired boats to evacuate trapped persons at Okpai Obeze, Okpai Umuaguru, Akarai Ekiti, Azagba, Power line, and Forest Guard communities to nearby relief camps.

Mr. Adeyanju said the agency is involved in the administration of the camps and offering technical assistance to local emergency workers and volunteers. He urged the state government to engage all critical stakeholders in the management of the natural disaster in order to effectively address the plights of the affected people, especially those in the camps.

Receiving the relief items on behalf of Delta State Government, the State’s Commissioner for Special duties, Tony Nwaka, expressed appreciation for the prompt intervention of the agency in the provision of skilled rescue officers, technical assistance to volunteers, and timely distribution of relief materials.

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