Following the ravaging of communities in Anambra and Delta states, the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo visited some of the areas on Thursday to sympathize with them.
He assured the people of the communities that the Federal Government was going to intervene by supplying food and other relief materials.
Prof Osinbajo was visibly emotional at Umueze Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area, when he saw the families evacuating their belongings from their flooded homes.
He said, “I flew over those disaster areas and I witnessed the rise especially in Onitsha, Ogbaru, Awka North, Coscharis farm and other places.
“We have directed the National Emergency Management Agency to continue to deploy relief materials to the IDP Camps and some homes, where residents have refused to leave.”
Osinbajo, who commended Governor Willie Obiano for his prompt response to the disaster, said he would work hand in hand with the Anambra State Government to ensure a proper management of the situation.
Speaking, Obiano said he had earlier visited those areas to find out the level of damage. He said homes and farms were submerged by the flood, noting that the residents were mainly farmers.
The traditional ruler of Aguleri, Igwe Christopher Idigo, in his speech, called on the Federal Government to work with hydrologists to provide permanent solutions to the flood problems across the country by creating dams that would absorb water from Rivers Benue and Niger.
The Anambra State Emergency Management Agency said the flood destroyed over 200 hectares of rice farm at Omor in the Ayamelum Local Government Area of Anambra.
The Executive Director of the agency, Mr Cyprian Agupugo, said the major river in the area, Okpoto River, overflowed its banks, destroying the Ojagbo rice farm worth millions of naira.
The Vice-President went on the tour with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa; the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr Mustapha Maihaja, and others.
In Delta State, the Vice-President noted that four states including Delta and Anambra, were tagged as national disaster zones by the Federal Government as a result of the ravaging flood across the country.
He said the Federal Government would also be working with the affected states on how to compensate victims who had lost their farmlands and properties to the floods.
The Vice-President spoke on Thursday at Ogbe-Afor Primary School, Asaba, where an Internally Displaced Persons’ camp had been created for the over 700 victims of flood in Delta State.
He said, “I’m very touched seeing all of you who have been evacuated from your homes to this temporary place. It is very disruptive and I commend the state government for moving swiftly to provide this place.
“The Federal Government will be working with the state government to resettle the victims and ensure that people resume normal life as soon as the flood recedes. We stand with you to make sure that we are able to bring comfort to the victims.”
The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said, “Though we are aware that property, farm produce have been destroyed, our major concern is to save lives.