by crossriverwatch admin
No fewer than thirteen persons have lost their lives while 34 suffered different degrees of injuries as a result of the recent flood that ravaged Cross River State.
The Director- General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mohammed Sani Sidi, disclosed this while presenting some relief materials to the people in Calabar.
The materials which were presented to the Deputy Governor of the State, Mr. Effiok Cobham were said to be for onward delivery to victims affected by the Lagdo dam discharge flooding in the State.
The Director General of NEMA represented by the Zonal Coordinator, South South, Mr. Umesi Emerike said that over 200 communities were affected by flood in the State; while 44,918 persons were displaced. 1800 houses were also said to have been destroyed while 82,361 farms, 15 churches, 13 schools and over 18 markets were also destroyed.
He said his agency will collaborate with States to ensure that areas affected by the unfortunate flood are adequately resettled.
The DG listed the items donated to include 500 bags of rice, 400 bags of beans, 100 kegs of vegetable oil, 2000 pieces of mattresses, 2,000 blankets, 3,000 pieces of wax prints and 2,500 pieces of towels. Others include 300 cartons of tea, 150 bags of salt and 1,000 pieces of nylon mats.
While receiving the materials, the Deputy Governor of Cross River State stated that the devastation occasioned by the flood has caused frictions to the economy of the State as a substantial population of the State that depended on agriculture were presently wallowing in abject poverty.
He used the opportunity to appeal to Nigerians within and in Diaspora to display their brotherliness by extending a hand of fellowship to the affected persons.
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