Delta State Flood Kills 2, Displaced Over 100,000 Others

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2 people have lost their lives,

while no fewer than 100

communities submerged and

300,000 persons rendered

homeless by flood in 10 local

government areas of Delta

State in the last few days.

The state governor, Dr.

Emmanuel Uduaghan, who

confirmed that some of the

victims climbed trees to escape

the wrath of the flood, said,

yesterday, that the magnitude

of the flood was beyond what

the state could handle.

The state Deputy Governor,

Prof. Amos Utuama, also

lamented the devastating

effect of the flood on

riverine communities , saying

that the government had set

up a camp in Ashaka,

Ndokwa East Local

Government Area of the

state, for residents of some

communities, who were

displaced by the recent flood

that ravaged the

communities.

Speaking when he led the

State Special Emergency

Committee on Flood Disaster

Management to Tuomo,

Kpakiama, Bomadi, Okwabge

and Ohoro communities,

Burutu, Bomadi, Ughelli

South, and Ughelli North

Local Government Areas

respectively, Utuama, said

the state government was

committed to taking short,

medium and long term

measures aimed at

addressing the problem of

flooding in the state.

Governor Uduaghan, has,

meantime, sent a Save Our

Soul, SOS, to the Federal

Government, the private sector,

philanthropists and well-

meaning Nigerians to come to

the aid of the state.

Reviewing the damage caused

by the flood in Asaba,

Uduaghan said the situation on

ground was “grave and grim.”

He said: “Within a period of

three days, the number of

communities affected

increased astronomically and

for now, the affected

communities are totally

flooded.”

the situation as “devastating

and a huge challenge,” he

noted that most of the

rehabilitation camps were

already recording about

100,000 displaced persons,

adding that mattresses, food

items and medical facilities

were being arranged for the

victims in the interim.


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