BY Austin Ogwuda & Festus Ahon
… as Speaker calls for more help
ASABA—members of Delta State House of Assembly, yesterday, described the state’s share of N500 million from the Federal Government’s N17.6 billion assistance to flooded states as meagre, noting that the money was not sufficient in view of the challenges at hand.
They maintained that Delta State was heavily impacted because it was at the mercy of River Niger and River Benue.
The legislators said it could have been appropriate for Mr. President to declare a state of emergency over the flood issue.
In another development, six children have been reportedly drowned, while corpses from mortuaries submerged by flood are now floating on water in the state.
Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Mr. Basil Ganagana, disclosed this, yesterday, on the floor of the House.
Ganagana, who represents Patani constituency in the House, said: “All the houses in my constituency have been submerged. The whole of Patani is gone.”
Meanwhile, Delta State government, yesterday, assured the 3,000 flood victims evacuated from Patani and Ughelli North local government areas of adequate provision of food, healthcare facility and security at government designated camps.
Government luxury buses were seen bringing in victims from the affected towns and villages to Oharisi Primary School camp in Ughelli.
Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama, told the victims that said government was committed to the welfare of the victims.
He said: “This is where you and your children will live. Those that are of school age, will go to school here. There is healthcare facility for you; food and security will be provided for you until you leave this camp for your homes.”
Meanwhile, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Victor Ochei, has called on the Federal Government to aid flood disaster victims in Delta State as the numbers of displaced people had increased.
He said according to statistics, over 100,000 persons have been displaced with property worth billions of Naira destroyed and more being transferred to relief camps across Delta State.
Ochei made the appeal in Asaba after inspecting the flood ravaged communities in the state. He called on non-governmental agencies and the international community to assist the state government due to the magnitude of the problem.
At Ozoro in Isoko North LGA, the Speaker directed the medical director in-charge of the relief centre to immediately transfer a woman with serious medical condition for urgent treatment at the nearest government hospital.
He later visited Uzere community in Isoko South, which had been completely submerged, even as hundreds of people were seen being carried by vehicles provided by the Delta State Government to relief camps.