The unprecedented flooding, caused by high seasonal rainfall around the country and the subsequent dam release, has had a devastating effect on the entire Niger Delta region, particularly Delta State.
This destructive force of nature, which spans over 10 km inland, has ravished over a hundred communities within the state; wantonly destroying property and threatening the lives of the local populace.
Some of the affected local governments include Patani, Isoko North and South, Ndokwa East, Bomadi, Burutu, Oshimili North and South, Ughelli North and South; causing a mass exodus of displaced persons to flood-free areas.
The Delta state government has made admirable efforts to mitigate the effects of the flood, especially in offering relief to the victims who have lost their homes and means of livelihood. Some of the efforts of the government include the implementation of stricter flood prevention measures and the relocation of displaced persons to rehabilitation camps.
To prevent future occurrences, the Delta state government is implementing stricter Town Planning laws, demolishing any structures obstructing natural water channels, and also disallowing the relocation of the residents who occupy flood-prone areas within the state.
Furthermore, the Delta State government has established Flood Relief and Rehabilitation centers in different areas within the state. These centers offer shelter and auxiliary services such as comfortable bedding, feeding and medical care for the victims.
The Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has also made a nation-wide appeal to well-meaning individuals, NGOs, Private, Religious and Human Rights organizations to lend a helping hand to the flood victims at the Rehabilitation Centers.
The governor has also requested the intervention of the Federal Government to complement the efforts of the state government in providing relocation and relief assistance for the displaced individuals.