By Tony Edike
ENUGU—A family of four got drowned yesterday while on their way to a refugee camp at Iggah, Enugu State, after their house at Odeke community in Kogi State was submerged in flood.
This came on a day chairman of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, Mr. Cornel Onwubuya, presented relief materials worth about N5 million to Kogi State flood victims who fled their state and are currently camping in communities within Enugu State.
Sources said the victims, including a man, his wife and two childdren, were sailing in a wooden canoe when the goats they were taking along in the boat began to disturb the movement of the boat and in an attempt to calm the goats down, the boat capsized and all the occupants drowned in the flood.
It was also learnt yesterday that a woman delivered a baby in a boat while fleeing the flood at Ibaji community, while another gave birth at Iggah refugee camp shortly after arriving the camp.
The nursing mothers are said to be in dire of need of medical attention which is lacking in the area just as the aid agencies which could have provided such assistance are yet to arrive at the camps.
The materials donated to the refugees at the three camps yesterday by the local government included 100 bags of rice,4 bags of beans, drugs, 500 mosquito treated nets, 100 bags of toilet rolls , 20 gallons of 25 kg groundnut oil, 75 torch-lights with batteries, cartoons of disinfectants, bags of onions , cartons of maggi cubes, 30 bags of salt, cartons of bathing and washing soaps, mats and blankets, trailer load of sachet water, bottled water, among other essential items.
Onwubuya, while making the donation, appealed to the federal government to also come to the aid of the victims, adding that the local government council was in touch with the Kogi State government and its Enugu State counterpart in respect of the plight of the victims.