Delta State Government has distributed relief materials to victims of a flood disaster that recently ravaged some communities.
The Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Chika Ossai, led a team of officials of the state government and interventionist agencies to distribute the materials at Isselegu, Ndokwa East Local Government Area and other communities, saying the relief materials were strictly for victims of the 2015 flood.
While sympathising with them, the commissioner said Governor Okowa’s administration is interested in their post-flood activities, stating that effects of the flood should not deter them from living their lives, as the relief materials which included food stuffs, farm implements and seedlings would assist them.
He warned against erection of structures on water channels and any activity that could lead to the blockage of water channels and drains.
According to him, Nigerians and Deltans in particular should adopt good approach to protecting the environment, stating that people should not always wait for government to clear drainages before they imbibe good living habits.
He disclosed that structures erected on water channels stand the risk of being pulled down by government and urged them not to build their houses on water channels as they also face the risk of being victims of flood.
“Governor Okowa does not want our people to suffer, things are hard, but he directed that relief materials be given to those affected by flood to ease their sufferings; the people too should help themselves by not building on water channels; this is important because anybody that is living on water channels will become the first victim of flood,” he said.
Ossai also called on the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon to proffer lasting solutions to the flood disaster which was as a result of the release of water from a dam, saying the effect is unquantifiable.
“It is unfortunate that our people are victims of water that was released in another country, what can we do to alleviate their suffering? Can you imagine the effect of being displaced from your home? We have experts in Nigeria and Cameroon and they should come together and look at permanent solutions. As a result of climate change, we should also look at ways of reducing the effects, more dams can be constructed to check this menace. It is wrong for our people who live in riverine communities to be traumatised every rainy season.”
Chairman of Ndokwa East Local Government Area, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwura, lauded the proactive steps taken by Ossai which has reduced the effects of the disaster.

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