Floods: Delta registers 21deaths.

Floods: Delta registers 21 death

The Delta state government has revealed that a total of 21 people has died as a result of flooding that has hit parts of the state in the past two months.
Secretary of State Government (SSG) and Chairman of the Intermenstrual Committee for Flood Management Patrick Ukah made the revelation on Wednesday in Asaba while briefing reporters on the state’s flood situation.

He said the loss of life and property recorded by the state would have been more catastrophic were it not for the proactive measures taken by the state government. “Today, we’re here to give you an update on the flooding situation in Delta, especially now that the water is receding.

“It’s quite unfortunate when you consider the experiences of our people who were affected by the flood. “However, now that the waters are drying up, we now face the challenge of returning our displaced people to their homes,” said Mr. Ukah.The SSG said that the state government, through its flood management committee, had been able to manage the flood victims in the state. It revealed that the 2022 flood was far more devastating than the one experienced in 2012.According to him, the state government has a record of 21,000 people in eight internally displaced persons (IDP) camps established by the state. “Another 17,000 people in four IDP camps were established by the Delta State Petroleum Production Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC). “We thank God that we didn’t have many deaths in our camps, 10 people died in the flood in Patani while trying to travel to Bayelsa. “Another six died in Bomadi, four in Isoko and one person died in Ugbolu while chasing Antelope in the flood waters. “Also, let me inform our people that we registered the birth of 22 newborns in various IDP camps in the state. “On the financing of the camps, Mr. Ukah revealed that the state government managed the camps very strategically and received no money from anywhere else. However, he added that the state government received relief materials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to distribute to affected people in the various IDP camps in the state.

On the amount spent so far by the state government, Ukah said the committee had made several requests, adding that the amount would be summarized at the end of the camp and the report would be made available to the media.


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