National Emergency Management Agency South South Zone has opened 19 camps for displaced persons in Rivers and Bayelsa, to ease the plight of flood victims in the states.
A statement issued by NEMA in Port Harcourt and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria tagged the camps ‘Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.
The agency’s Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Umesi Emenike, in the statement, said that the opening of the camps was in line with the Federal Government’s assurance to assist the flood victims.
Emenike noted that NGOs, volunteers and communities had been supportive to the Federal Government’s effort to mitigate the suffering of flood victims in the two states.
He said that the agency had registered no fewer than 40,000 people at various camps in Bayelsa State.
According to him, an average of 200-5,000 persons have been registered in each camp in Rivers State.
“Some of the camps are: Community Secondary School, Mbiama; St. Stephens, Ahoada, Local Government Area Secretariat; Akiniwa, CPS Ogbo; CPS Okogbe; Canti High school, Ahoada; RCCG Ndoni; GSS Akaboka, Rivers State.
“And those in Bayelsa include Igbogene , Samson Siasia Stadium Yenagoa, BDGS, Yenagoa; UBE, Kiama; Tombia and Biker camp,” he added.
The coordinator said that as at October 13, 2,982 persons were registered by NEMA officials in Mbiama 2 Community Secondary School Camp, Ahoada West in Rivers.
“As at Sunday, October 14, Samson Siasia Sports complex in Bayelsa had a total of 12,392 registered,” he said.
Emenike said NEMA had also delivered relief materials to the affected persons based on rapid response assessment needs.
He lauded some international organisations, especially UNICEF, on their support for NEMA with relief items such as medical and sanitary aids to women and children.
The coordinator commended the Dangote group for donating three trailer loads of relief materials to Bayelsa flood victims.