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Floods: Bayelsa Now One Big IDP Camp

Governor, Senator Duoye Diri has lamented that his state Bayelsa is now one big IDP camp due to flooding.

The governor raised the alarm during an interview on Channels Television on Sunday, saying every community in the state is affected.

Diri said the state government has converted primary and secondary schools that are not flooded into Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.

He added that across the state, centres have been opened particularly in Yenagoa, the capital, to house displaced persons and begin to attend to their needs.

The state government, through its task force and the State Emergency Management Agency, has begun distributing items to cushion the effect of flooding on the people, Diri said.

“Every community in Bayelsa is an IDP camp. However in Yenagoa the capital city, we have designated some IDP camps. It is not an exaggeration, every community is an IDP camp,” Diri said.

“We have a place called the Oxbow Lake which was used as an event centre. Today, that place has been opened for IDPs and we have no less than 2,000 IDPs in that centres. We also have all primary and secondary schools that are not yet flooded have been used as an IDP camp.”

“That is why the Task Force, together with the State Emergency Management Agency keep distributing foodstuff to every local government and every community because no community is left out.”

Governor Diri expressed worry over a possible outbreak of diseases among the IDPs.

According to him, the Ministry of Health has also commenced the distribution of drugs to the people while the situation lasts.

Mr. Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party had during a visit to Bayelsa, to commiserate with the flood victims, called on the Federal Government to declare a State of Emergency in the state and intervene immediately. He also called on donor agencies to come to the aid of the victims.

Over 600 persons have died in the recent floodings across Nigeria, while over 1.3 million have been displaced, according to Nigeria’s ministry of humanitarian affairs.

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