People of Adia-Obiaka, Ndokwa-East Local Government Area, Delta State, affected by flood have rebuffed attempts by the council’s administration to evacuate them from the community.
This was because of their alleged ill treatment by government officials during the 2012 flood disaster.
It was gathered that the Ndokwa-East local government council flood rescue team, which visited the community in two house boats to evacuate the flood victims to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camp at the Skills Acquisition Centre in Ashaka, was taken aback when the people said they would rather die in their community than move into the camp.
It was learnt that the indigenes cited the death of their traditional ruler, who they said lost his life in a boat mishap during a similar evacuation mission embarked upon by the council in 2012, saying the council’s administration was yet to make any meaningful response to the incident.
“They also told us that life in the place where they were camped at Otagba-Ogbe in 2012 was unbearable and that the people that managed the camp then were taking the food items meant for flood victims to their own homes”, a member of the rescue team, Mr. Major Azubike said.
According to him, “They complained that even the one bag of rice which the state government had ordered that should be given to each flood victim was also taken away and government did nothing about it.”
Contacted, the council Chairman, Mrs. Nkechi Chukura expressed shock at the decision of the people to reject the evacuation offer, saying “They had been calling us to come and evacuate them for some days now; we then hired some house boats to go to the town but on getting there, they refused to come out.
“We were told that they held a meeting the previous day where they decided that they preferred to remain in the community.” She however, disclosed that some flood victims from Abala-Oshimili and Utchi communities had been moved into the camp at Ashaka.
Chukura said her administration had been working round the clock to evacuate those living in communities affected by flood to the IDPs camps, soliciting the support and cooperation of the people.

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