There is an ongoing evacuation of People, Provision of relieving materials and immediate remediation, as the ravaging flood continues to submerge coastal communities in Ahoada West, Rivers state.
The Chairman of Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon (Evang) Hope Ikiriko has ordered the Flood Management and Victims Welfare Committee to move into impacted communities and evacuate people who are yet to relocate to the temporarily established IDP camps.
The Chairman gave the order on Thursday the 20th of Sept 2018, while inspecting the effect of the ravaging flood on some communities in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State
“This is an emergency situation, the earlier the NEMA, STATE, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, and OTHER RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS intervene, the Better. Move to the communities, use speedboats where necessary and comb all the impacted communities, bring out any of our persons remaining in those communities to the IDP camps.”
“From what we have seen, the flood water is rising, you can see that apart from these ones we have visited, over 30 communities have been submerged; it is an unfortunate situation, thank God we embarked on an early awareness campaign and our people listened,” the chairman stated.
Observing that though, the people have lost their agricultural produce as a result of the flood, his administration would work to ameliorate their sufferings, asserting, “with the situation of things, it is very important that we save lives, we have deployed man and resources to other impacted communities and those communities that were affected by the flood of 2012 but are yet to be affected by this flood, we have to be proactive in this emergency situation.
Mrs. Joy Onita who spoke on behalf of the Jk1 Community while calling on the Government to come to their aid, commended the proactive measures taken by Hope Ikiriko’s administration to check the effects of the flood on the people, assuring that the people would cooperate with government officials for their safety.
In an interview at one of the devastated areas, Hope Ikiriko disclosed that security of lives and property was topmost in his administration’s agenda as it tackles the menace of the flood, assuring that temporary relocation venues will be immediately established.
The Executive chairman who was accompanied on the inspection by members of the Executive, Flood Management and Victims Welfare Committee, security council conducted inspection round some affected communities.