By Bose Adelaja
THE National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has disclosed that it has recorded 8,046 disaster victims chiefly from fire and windstorm in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states in the first two months of 2015. The victims, it said, were affected in seven major incidents with Lagos State having 1,064 persons.
A statement by NEMA South-West Information Officer, Ibrahim Farinloye, said out of the figure, Iwaya community recorded 652 persons while Berlin Street, Marina fire disasters recorded 412 victims who have been provided with relief materials by NEMA through the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA.
In Ogun State, Igbo Aje Market, Ilaro, of Yewa South had 306 traders affected by a market fire outbreak which occurred on January 27, 2015.About 6,676 persons were affected in four different incidents of wind and rainstorm disasters which occurred in six communities of Ilaro in Afijio Local Government Area;
Lagbondoke and Agunpopo communities of Atiba LGA; Irewole and Isokan communities in Oyo West LGA and Oko town in Surulere LGA, all of Oyo State. According to NEMA, all the incidents occurred between February 9 and 10, 2015. The agency said two persons were injured in Irewole Community of Oyo West LGA and 1,251 shops were affected in the three states.
Meanwhile, NEMA has delivered relief materials to victims of fire disaster at Iwaya Community in Yaba LCDA of Lagos State, through the state government.
The food and non-food relief materials such as 300 bags of cement, 400 bundles of roofing sheets, 500 pieces of wax prints wrappers, 200 pieces of Guinea Brocade, 100 pieces of children wears, 100 bags of garri, 40 cartons of 3 in 1 tea, 60 packets of roofing sheet nails, 60 bags of 3″ inches nails, 150 bags of rice, 500 pieces of blankets, 500 pieces of mosquitoes treated net and other assorted consumables were handed over to LASEMA for distribution to the Iwaya community fire disaster victims in conjunction with the respective local government and community authorities.