In the last few days, two persons have lost their lives, while no fewer than 100 communities have been submerged and 300,000 persons rendered homeless by flood in 10 local government areas of Delta State.
Confirming the incident, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan said on Monday that some of the victims had to climb trees to escape the flood. He also confessed that the magnitude of the flood was beyond what the state could handle. The government had to set up a camp in Ashaka, Ndokwa East Local Government Area of the state for residents of some communities who were displaced by the flood.
Speaking when he led the State Special Emergency Committee on Flood Disaster Management to Tuomo, Kpakiama, Bomadi, Okwabge and Ohoro communities, Burutu, Bomadi, Ughelli South, and Ughelli North Local Government Areas respectively, the state Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama lamented the devastating effect of the flood on riverine communities, and promised that the state government was committed to taking short, medium and long term measures aimed at ensuring the problem of flooding in the state becomes a thing of the past.
In the meantime, Governor Uduaghan has called on the Federal Government, the private sector, philanthropists and well- meaning Nigerians to help the state in this time of great need.
Governor Uduaghan, while assessing the level of damage caused by the flood in Asaba, he said the situation on ground was “grave and grim.”
“Within a period of three days, the number of communities affected increased astronomically and for now, the affected communities are totally flooded.”
According to him, most of the rehabilitation camps were already recording about 100,000 displaced persons, while mattresses, food items and medical facilities were being arranged for the victims.