From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
No fewer than six newborn babies were on Tuesday recorded at the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDP) camp at Ahamba Primary School in Asaba, while 150 expectant mothers are also part of the camp.
Investigation revealed that more births are certain to occur before the flood recedes as the newborn babies sucked joyously at their mothers’ bosom, watching the sun fall behind the horizon, and medical personnel busied themselves not with just medical challenges, but also with prenatal,natal and postnatal concerns.
Although there were no recorded case of impostors so far in all the camps, but the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah ,a member of the Flood Committee had stressed the necessity for retrieveable documentation methods, and expressed concern over the possibility of fraudulent elements who might want to penetrate the camps and obstruct the true intentions of Governor Okowa to restore succour to the needy.
Glimpses of hope returned to the flood victims’ once weary eyes as they thronged into the camp,not minding the initial challenges of settling down as the IDPs savoured the warm reception by camp officials headed by Delta state Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA) and other collaborating agencies such as the National Emergency Management Agency ( NEMA) , ministries, Departments and Agencies of Delta state Government as well as Nigeria Red Cross ( NRC), among a host of others .
Meanwhile, Indigenes of Gbekebor Community in Burutu Local Government Area of the state have called on the Federal and Delta State government to declare a state of emergency on the pathetic situation of the community which has been entirely submerged by flood periods .
While appealing to the Niger Delta Development Commission ( NDDC,) Miniistry of Niger Delta, among others to intervene by constructing a Shore protection project on the community waterfront, the spokesman, Mr Blessing Etuele, in a” Save Our Soul” however appealed to the authorities to distribute relief Materials to alleviate suffering of the victims.
He said” Almost all the Ijaw Communities in the Niger Delta do experience widespread inundation but Gbekebor Community case is explicitly and most intensely aggravated due to the geographical location of the community which is on the direct current of River Niger, we are now suffering and living on top of raised platforms as all socio economic activities in the community are brought to a halt and properties worth millions of naira destroyed by the ravaging flood, and besides the socio economic implications of the flood on the community, diverse health cases are recorded and all educational activities paralyzed as both private and public buildings have been submerged.”