There were tales of woe yesterday when the Commissioner in charge of Bureau of Special Duties, Chika Ossai, accompanied by his Special Duties counterpart, Dr. Henry Sakpra, took members of the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Red Cross, among others to Kwale, Ndokwa West Local Government Area to set up camps for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs.
The commissioners were also at Otu-Jeremi, Ughelli South Local Government Area, home of the immediate past Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, where the King, HRM Mathew Egbi, the Okobaro, has been displaced from his palace by the ravaging flood.
At Kwale, the commissioners were told that the flood claimed the life of a lady at Okpai, while other communities such as Abala-Oshimili, Adiawai, Adiobika and Utchi have been submerged.
It was reported that residents of the flooded communities have resolved not to leave their abode, claiming that they were ill-treated at IDP camps during the 2012 flood.
Ossai said the river level was steadily rising as a result of the flood and that the camps would cater for those who abandoned their homes, while boats were on standby to attend to any emergency situation.
The commissioner commiserated with the victims, disclosing that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has warned that those in flood prone areas should relocate to safe areas.
Chairman of Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Chris Osakwe, said the council has partnered with other governmental agencies to bring succour to victims of the flood.
At Otu-Jeremi, the dejected Okobaro thanked the state government for its prompt response to his distress call, stating that there was oil spillage in the area.
“This visit has given hope to the common man,” the Okobaro said, noting that the drains were still being cleared.
The commissioners also inspected the clearing of drains and the river which overflowed its bank at Otu-Jeremi.
Meanwhile, succour may have come the way of the flood victims as the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, told journalists in Asaba that the state government was already making preparations to rehabilitate them in temporary camps.
Ukah said the flood management committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, has started distributing relief materials and relocating the victims.
“We are relocating the victims in Ndokwa East council to somewhere in Ashaka, Utagbogbe and the stadium at Kwale. We are also making arrangements to relocate the victims in Asaba to the Asaba Township Stadium. Fumigation exercise in these camps is going on,” he said.
He confirmed the death of the 11-year old girl at Okpai, Ndokwa East, adding that the water level has risen to disturbing heights in Burutu, Bomadi and Patani councils, even as he appealed to residents in coastal areas to voluntarily relocate before the flood catches up with them.


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