As more local government councils and communities are affected in the devastating flood in Delta State, a team from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has so registered 8790 internally displaced persons as at the weekend who have been squatting in various Internally Displaced Peoples Camps (IDPCs). In the state
While presenting relief materials to the victims of the flood in the state, the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi said that more camps would be established to accommodate the increasing numbers of displaced people.
Represented by the Deputy Director Relief, Mr. Mike Adeyanju, NEMA boss said emergency workers are in the state for rapid response assessment where they discovered that the water level in the coastal communities had continued to rise, thereby affecting more persons and posing a threat to lives and properties.
He further disclosed that the agency hired boats to evacuate trapped person at Okpai Obeze, Okpai Umuaguru, Akarai Ekiti, Azagba , Power line and Forest Guard communities to nearby IDP camps.
While presenting relief materials to the victims of the flood in the state, Mr. Adeyanju said the agency is involved in the administration of the camps and offering technical assistance to local emergency workers and volunteers. He urged the state government to engage all critical stakeholders in the management of the natural disaster for for effectively addressing the plights of the affected people, especially those in the caps.
Some of the Internally Displaced People Camps inspected by the NEMA officials include those in St. Patrick’s College, Asaba; Institute for continuing Education Asaba; Ossissa Camp, Ndokwa East; Utagba-egbe camp, Ndokwa east LGA; St. Michael College Oleh camp Isoko South LGA; Ewulu Camp, Aniocha south and Illah camp in Oshimili North LGA.
Receiving the relief items on behalf of Delta State government, the state commissioner for special duties, Hon. Tony Nwaka expressed appreciation for the prompt intervention of the agency in the provision of skilled rescue officers, technical assistance to volunteers and timely distribution of relief materials.