Flood victims need respite— NEMA official

The flood victims are co-habiting peacefully, however, they need more assistance to survive.


While peace reigns at the various relief camps in the South South region, they relief materials available to the flood victims are barely sufficient to cater to their pressing needs.

The Zonal Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Umesi Emenike, said on Wednesday that the victims need more assistance.

“They are trying and they are coping well; they have been living as one united family.

“But we still need people to come out and assist. We know that the time is short but up to the time they will leave the camps, we need everybody’s hands to be on deck,” Mr. Emenike said.

He said that the Federal Government is working out a strategy to ensure that the people did not go back to their homes from the camps unhappy.

“One of the proactive steps to be taken by government is to embark on post-disaster assessment.

“You know, there is water everywhere and some of their houses have collapsed in most of the affected areas. So, the challenge is where will the people go when the camps are closed?

“So, we need to go back and re-assess those areas where people were staying and to find out the nature of the assistance government can give to them,” said Mr. Emenike.

He said the government would continue to assist the people to ensure that their sufferings are ameliorated and urged the flood victims not to see the disaster as the end of their lives.

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