Floods displace 113 thousand people in South-South

Flooded Sagbama community in Bayelsa state Photo: NAN

Of the 113, 857 flood victims, 52, 563 are children, 35, 289 are women and 24, 544 are men.

 

Nov. 5 (PREMIUM TIMES)-Over 113, 857 persons have been affected by the flood disaster that rocked the states in the South-South zone of Nigeria, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said.

The South South zonal coordinator of the agency, Umesi Emenike, said on Monday in Port Harcourt, that the affected persons have been put in 94 camps across the region adding that the number of camps did not include private camps.

Of the displaced people, 52, 563 are children, 35, 289 are women, and 24, 544 are men.

He said that out of the six states affected in the zone, Akwa Ibom and Cross River did not have any camp while Bayelsa had 40; Rivers, 26; Delta, 20; and Edo, 8.

Mr. Emenike explained that the reason why there are no camps in Akwa Ibom and Cross River states was due to the peoples’ “culture.”

“When we got there to set up camps for the displaced, we were told that if we set up the camp, after one or two days, we will not see anybody.

“We were told that the people prefer going to their relations to stay instead of subjecting them to camp life.

“That is why there was no camp in those two states and the places we have camps, good-spirited Nigerians are helping a lot to see that the victims eat daily even if it’s not three square-meals,” he said.

Mr. Emenike said that the government is working out a strategy to ensure that the victims did not go back home feeling as if they were still in camp. He commended the conduct of the people in the camp, urging them to continue managing as their plight would soon be over since the water was receding.

“Disaster does not select where it is going to happen or select the individuals; it can affect anybody; people should not take it as if it is the end of their road.

“We should take it in good faith,” Mr. Emenike said.


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