Residents of some communities in coastal areas in Nigeria are getting sacked from their homes daily by flood waters.

Asaba, the capital of Delta is one of the cities where this horror has been recorded.

On Thursday, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo visited the affected persons where they were putting up at Ogbeafore Primary School in the Institute of Continuing Education, Asaba.

They were in a needy situation and Professor Osinbajo ordered the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to urgently supply additional relief materials to all the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

Osinbajo also assured them that the Federal Government would resettle the victims after the flood waters subside.

He commended the state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, for his timely intervention by setting up the camps to take in displaced persons.

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So far, 12 states of the federation have been impacted by flood and four of the states, including Kogi, Delta and Anambra have been declared a national disaster.

“Let me say how very touched I am by just seeing all of you who are here and who have had to be evacuated from your homes and various communities where you live to this place as a temporary shelter.

“This I think underscores the enormity of the disaster here and what needs to be done. 

“There is a lot of work to be done, not just by way of providing temporary relief and succour which is going to be done in the IDP camps.

“And we also ask that NEMA move quickly to supply additional relief materials to all of the camps across the state by the end of today or tomorrow.

“The more difficult part which we need to discuss with the state government is how to ensure that when the flooding subsides, we are able to resettle people to bring them back to enable them to continue with their livelihood.

“That will involve helping to resettle those whose farm lands have been submerged to be able to return to their farm lands and those whose livelihood have been disrupted in one way or the other.

“We have to find ways of compensating them so that they can get back to normal life,” Osinbajo said.

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The VP said that the federal government and all its agencies would be working with state authorities.

“So, we are going to be working with the state and local governments and we will do everything that is necessary to ensure that the sufferings and the pains that you have gone through already are not allowed to continue,” he said.

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On his part, Okowa said he was glad that the people had decided to leave their flooded communities to seek refuge in camps, adding that with what he saw, the flood challenge would not be over soon.

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