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Bayelsa flood victims besiege sports hall

10 October 2012, 16:13

Bayelsa  - Tens of thousands of flood victims in Bayelsa on Tuesday besieged Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa to seek refuge.

The complex is one of the temporary resettlement camps set up by the Bayelsa Government to accommodate victims.

Two other camps recently set up by the government are located at Igbogene community and Bishop Dimeri Grammar School in Ovom, Yenagoa.

The indoor sports hall of the stadium complex was filled by victims as families struggled for space to spread mattresses on available spaces.

The victims carried household property, including electronics and clothes in sacks.

Tom Inakpo, a wrestler with Bayelsa State Sports Council, told NAN that the arrival of the victims had affected  training of the athletes.

``Since the arrival of the flood victims, wrestlers and other athletes that use this hall cannot make use of it again.

``You can see for yourself they have taken over every space inside the hall, we feel for them,” Inakpo said.

He said that wrestlers and other athletes, such as boxers and chess players, used the hall for training to keep fit and prepare for competitions.

However, footballers trained at the main bowl of the football pitch and some of the victims cheered them.

Some victims said that many of their relations were still trapped in the communities, while most of their property had been destroyed by flood.

An official of the Red Cross Society, Igwe Napoleon, told NAN that  1,824 flood victims were registered in  the camp on Monday.

Napoleon, who is the state secretary of the society, said the figure had increased geometrically on Tuesday.



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