Rivers State Government has identified over 1,000 internally displaced persons as a result of the flood that has ravaged communities in Ahoada-West Local Government Area of the state.
No fewer than four communities in the area have been overrun by flood, which destroyed buildings and farmlands, following the overflow of Orashi River.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, Mrs. Briggs Itih, who disclosed this when she visited the affected communities, said the state government has already activated the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps to accommodate victims of the flood.
She expressed satisfaction at the state of the IDPs camps in Ahoada-West and called on persons affected by the flood to evacuate to the camps in the area to prevent loss of lives as the water increases.
She said: “This visit is just to ascertain the suitability of the camps and to ensure that the materials are moved into the camps as well as persuade the internally displaced persons to come to the camps. It is Ahoada-West that is worst hit now. Five communities are affected and we have prepared the camps for them to be evacuated to.
“We have gone round to about four of the facilities. The facilities that are required are already there; we have started bringing in the materials and in the short period of time, we will be able to get all that is required to be able to accommodate them here.”
Also speaking, the immediate past caretaker committee chairman of Ahoada-West, Hon. Ikechukwu Obuzor, expressed joy at the quick intervention of the state government to ensure that those affected by the flood get more help to alleviate their suffering.
“I am very impressed; I have always known that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Special Duties, is on top of the situation. I know this is just the beginning, they will be coming back with more materials that will be targeted at the people who really need them,” Obuzor said.

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