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Flood: UN to assist Delta

11 October 2012, 14:18

Asaba - Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta said on Thursday that the United Nations would assist the state in the rehabilitation of persons displaced by flood.

Uduaghan, at a meeting with political office holders in the state in Asaba, said Delta had already been listed by the world body for the assistance.

He stated that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other UN agencies had indicated interest to assist the state.

The governor explained that the state government applied to the body, cataloguing the problems generated by the flood.  

"We applied formally to the UN for assistance in the management of the flood problems and they have responded positively and have listed Delta as one of the two states in the country for assistance now," he said.

He also disclosed that Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) had promised to donate relief materials to the victims relocated to various camps created by the government.

The governor solicited the cooperation of all government officials and agencies in the management of the flood problem, especially in the evacuation and rehabilitation of victims of the disaster.

"This is not time to quarrel; not time to think along ethnic lines. Let us all come together in this matter,” he said and asked people in the state, especially those in government to donate clothes to the victims.

"Those of us who can pray should visit the camps and pray with the people and I appeal to professionals to visit the camps and impart knowledge or use their skills to provide services to the victims," he added.

Uduaghan directed that commandants of the camps should "throw out" any voluntary organisation asking for stipend to be paid to its members.

The directive was sequel to information by one of the supervisors of the camps that some of the voluntary groups demanded for stipends.

He said that the government would not pay any voluntary organisation providing services at the camps.

In his presentation, the Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, said that the death toll from the flood disaster in the state had risen to fifteen from the eight earlier recorded.

According to him, seven new deaths have been recorded and they involved children who died at Ebondoro community in Burutu area when the boat evacuating them from a disaster point capsized.

He suggested that two relief materials centres should be created at Kpakiama and Ojobo and three new camps at Kiagbodo, Ogbe-Ijoh and Warri.



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