Delta flood victims not getting adequate support – Red Cross

Lagos flooding

 

Thousands of flood victims in Delta State are not getting enough support to evacuate them and their families to safe areas, the Nigeria Red Cross Society has said.

The Red Cross in Delta has therefore called for urgent provision of adequate logistical support for rescue operations in affected communities

Seven children drowned and more than 1,000 houses were damaged by the flood, which commenced on Monday, in some parts of the state.

In order to help evacuate some of the victims, the Red Cross had to rent boats and canoes from private citizens in the state, despite Delta being one of the richest states in Nigeria in terms of monthly oil revenue.

The Secretary of the Delta Red Cross, Francis Agarivbie, on Wednesday in Asaba said his organisation has already conducted an assessment of the affected communities.

Mr. Agarivbie urged the state government and donor agencies to donate canoes and boats, stressing the need for urgent evacuation of the residents and their property from the affected areas.

He said that since the incident occurred on Monday, the organisation had evacuated some of the affected persons, using hired boats and canoes, adding that the facilities were inadequate for the exercise.

The secretary however said his society was working with the government to evacuate the victims to a temporary camp.

“We are working with the state government and donor agencies on how relief materials can also be sent to the affected communities.”

A lot of the victims were seen conveying their household items with the available canoes and boats.

One of the victims, Fidelis Nwaogu, a farmer, said his community was not aware of the warning by the Ministry of Environment.

“Now that it has happened, we don’t have anywhere to go,” he said.

The affected communities include Oko-Amakom, Oko-Anala, Oko-Ogbele and power-line in Oshimili South Local government Area of the state.

A civil society group, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, had Tuesday accused the Federal Government of not doing enough to assist flood victims in various affected states.


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