Flood: New IDP camps rebound as NEMA deploys relief materials to Delta


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The ravaging impact of the flood in Delta have caused the victims who could not access any of the 12 Government established Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps to create 10 new Camps for themselves.

However, the Flood Management Committee created recently by the State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said they were on top of the situation.

The agency said that it would cater for the needs of the people in both the government and the private camps.

The Director, Relief and Rehabilitation, NEMA, Mr Kayode Fagbemi, in a statement on Monday in Asaba, commended the state government after inspecting some of the IDPs Camps and areas affected by the flood.

He noted that government had been proactive in the setting up of the camps to handle the impact of the flood across the state.

He expressed his sympathy for the people for their suffering and inconveniences particularly for those in the private camps and gave the assurance that the challenge was being addressed.

The director expressed hope that the effect of the flood would not be as devastating as that of 2012.

In an interview, Mr Walson Brandon, NEMA Incident Coordinator for 2018 Flood Emergency Operations Centre, Anambra and Delta States, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that NEMA was handling the situation.

According to him, NEMA had on Friday delivered truck loads of relief materials for distribution to the IDP Camps in Delta.

He said that the material supplied included rice, tin tomatoes, blankets, mattresses, mosquito nets, sanitary pads,  pots, children’s wears, women and men’s wears, water purifiers, others.

Brandon said that when the agency reviewed the situation in the camps there might be additional supply of relief materials to complement and to ensure that the victims’ needs were met.

He said that the agency was working with other partners to ensure that the people had good life while at the camps.

He said that after the flooding the next line of action would be on how to resettle the victims back in their homes.

“Now, what we are doing is purely response and the most important need of the people now is how to eat.

“This is why, as you can see today, we are handing over some relief materials and medications.

“As we speak, we are waiting for a truck load of drugs billed for the victims of flood in various IDP camps in Delta.

“In managing the camps, there are gaps that have been identified in various camps such as shortage of health personnel and water supply; but as the days go by most of these issues would be addressed.

“After this stage, our focus will be on how to put the people back to normal life to enable them to go back to their homes,” Brandon said.


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