Flooding Wrecks Havoc In Communities In Edo State As Residents Flee. Photod

The Edo State Government has said that work has intensified at designated resettlement camps across the state to receive residents, who are displaced by flooding.

Persistent rainfall in the past few weeks dislodged some persons from their homes, as the state government announced the opening of resettlement camps for residents that were adversely affected by the heavy downpours.

The state government issued flood alert in parts of the state last week, following new predictions that the state will experience flooding incidence with the persistent rainfall and the release of water from dams in neighbouring countries.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Mr Yakubu Gowon, said that an inter-ministerial committee to oversee the relocation of affected persons and running of the resettlement camps and safe havens has been set up.

He disclosed that the committee is made up of officials of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), special assistants to the governor in the various wards, officials of ministries of infrastructure, environment and health, local council chairmen, members of the Red Cross, Fire Service and local government councillors, who are on standby to assist people in distress.

He listed the areas earmarked as safe havens to include "the Internally Displaced Persons' (IDP) camp in Oghomere in Etsako Central Local Government Area and the skills acquisition centre in Fugar.

The governor's aide maintained that the relevant ministries have desilted blocked drainages to ease the flow of water in the city.

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