Floods displace over 54,000 in Bayelsa, Rivers

More camps will be opened if the flooding continues

Over 54 thousand residents of Bayelsa and Rivers States were displaced by the floods in the state, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said on Sunday.

The agency said its rehabilitation camps, in those states, have registered more than 54,363 internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The emergency agency told President Goodluck Jonathan, who is on tour of flood affected states, that about 35,126 IDPs were registered in six affected local government areas of Bayelsa State, while 19,237 IDPs were registered in four affected local government councils in Rivers State as at the weekend.

The Head of Public Relations, Yushau Shuaib, said the agency is also seeking the support of registered non-governmental organisations, volunteers, and community leaders in the management of the camps.

The South-South zonal coordinator of NEMA, Umesi Emenike, said the agency may continue to establish more camps in the two states, where necessary, to accommodate influx of people moving away from their houses as the volume of water continues to rise in some of the communities.

“NEMA has continued to provide relief materials to all the camps, especially food items, drugs, beddings, clothing and toiletries based on rapid response assessment needs,” Mr. Shuaib said.

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