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Delta Speaker, SSG Say Flood Disaster Tragic, Assure Victims Of Support

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WARRI, October 08, (THEWILL) – The Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Victor Ochei and the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Comrade Macaulay Ovourozie have both decried the devastating flood that has swept through communities in Delta State and rendered many homeless.

Ochei assured that the State Assembly would convene on Tuesday to commence parliamentary proceedings on how to assuage the suffering of victims of the disaster.

He spoke today just as the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG) Mr Ovouzorie Macaulay expressed regrets over the level of water that has sacked communities especially those in the riverine areas.

Ochei who cut short his working visit to Dublin, Ireland because of the disaster said that the Executive and the House would put in place measures to assist the victims.

Addressing the victims at St Michael's College, Oleh, where hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are camped, Ochei lamented the devastation saying, “it is indeed tragic.”

The Speaker while on inspection tour of the camps in Isoko said, “it is a painful thing to be driven away from ones home by flood.”

He urged victims to be orderly so that their wards could be properly engaged while they are in camp.

He however frowned at the poor state of medical care at the facility and directed the deployment of more medical personnel to give sick victims much needed care.

Ochei noted that government would spend more money curing diseases if people in camp are not properly taken care of and therefore ordered the state hospital authority to ensure that drugs and personnel are deployed to the various camps.

He said that children in the camps should be separated from adults and given adequate attention and schooling while in the camps.

The Speaker said that adults in the camp would also be given skill training saying government was poised to put all things in place in that regard.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Comrade Ovuzuorie Macaulay said over 6,500 adults including children have been successfully evacuated and registered in the camps.

At the last count, over 50 communities have been submerged by flood in the state.

So far, 5 relief camps have been created in the Isoko area including St Michael's College Oleh, Anglican Girl's Grammar School, Ozoro; and Odoro Primary School, Oleh.

Relief materials from the state government and donors have also been pouring in for victims.