Group urges military involvement in relief measures

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BY EGUFE YAFUGBORHI, Port Harcourt

CIVIL society group, the Social Action has called for the deployment of the Nigerian army to join in the provision of emergency relief to victims of the ravaging flood across the country.

The group in a statement in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, said  military  assistance has become inevitable because the increasing social and health dangers posed by the flooding, overwhelm the capacity of the interventionists stakeholders currently reaching out to victims.

A statement by Vivian Bellonwu, Head, Communications, Social Action, stated, “We are of the view that the Armed Forces is best equipped with the right resources, including weather resilient personnel, vehicles and marine equipments to navigate the largely inaccessible flood hit terrains to rescue thousands trapped without food and safe drinking water.”

The group which has been visiting worst hit areas in Rivers State noted that “In Communities such as Jonkrama, Akioniso, Akinma in Ahoada West and Omoku, Ndoni, Egi among others in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni localities, victims who are making efforts at rescuing themselves and possibly salvage few belongings are facing hunger and epidemics in their piteous conditions.”

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