At least twenty dead bodies were recovered during search and rescue operations coordinated by officials of the National Emergency Management Agency following the flood that devastated Ibadan and its environs last weekend.
The figure of the deaths was given during the visit of Director General National Emergency Management Agency Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi to Ibadan on inspection of areas affected by the flood. However, there could be possible higher number of the deaths from some of the remote locations where the inspection team were unable to access.
Meanwhile, reprieve came the way of displaced victims of the flood that devastated parts of Ibadan in Oyo state as the federal government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has delivered relief assistance to provide succor to them.
Delivering the items to the state government for the victims in Ibadan, DG NEMA Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi expressed shock in the devastation caused by the flood, saying it was one of the worst in recent times in Nigeria. He said the assistance was based on preliminary assessments carried out after the disaster to complement the efforts of the state government in stabilizing the condition of the victims.
Alhaji Sidi said additional assistance may be considered after a comprehensive assessment to be carried out by NEMA and the state officials. He then advised the government to enforce regulations on control of waste disposals and urged the people to dump refuse properly not to block drainages.
The NEMA alerted that there would be more floods in urban areas where there are inadequate drainages and improper waste disposals blocking water ways especially at the peak of the rain season.
He also urged the state government to continue to support its own Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to address disaster issues and as a platform for collaboration with NEMA and other stakeholders to handle situations above resources of the state.
The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Chief Moses Adeyemo thanked the federal government for its concern towards the plights of the flood victims and assured that the relief materials will be distributed to the accordingly. He however, called for more assistance in the reconstruction of the water channels and bridges destroyed by the flood as well as the resettlement of the displaced victims.
In related development, the DG NEMA Alhaji Sidi has visited victims of the UN building bomb blasts receiving treatment at various hospitals in Abuja and assured the supports of the federal government towards their recovery.
Alhaji Sidi who was in Saudi Arabia for lesser Hajj had hurriedly returned back following the bomb blast in Abuja and flood disaster in Oyo state to personally coordinate the relief intervention.