Bayelsa flood impacted 1.3m persons, 96 deaths, says emergency agency


The Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency, says flood has affected no fewer than 1.3million people.

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This is according to a data released on Monday by BYSEMA in Yenogoa and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria.

The agency said no fewer than 1.2 million were displaced and compelled to seek refuge in temporary camps.

“As at November 4, 96 deaths were reported with Yenagoa Local Government Area worst hit,” Walamam Ibnubia BYSEMA Chairman said.

Ibnubia said that collation of data from the field was still ongoing.

“The flood affected a number of farmlands, school buildings, health structures and other facilities.

“The flood also affected some 300 communities across the eight LGAs of the state.

“Preliminary reports and data available to SEMA and other agencies indicate that Bayelsa remained the most flood impacted among states in the country,” he said.

The agency said among the worst affected areas in the state are: Biseni, Tombia-Ekpetiama, Tombia-Amassoma Road, Akenfa, Akenpai, Igbogene and Swali, all in Yenagoa Local Government Area, as well as Kaiama, Odi, Otuoke, and Ogbia communities.

Others include Agbere, Odoni, Bulu-Oria, Agoro and Sagbama.

Floods have hit some parts of Nigeria in the last two months.

Some of the other affected states are: Kogi, Benue, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Abia, Edo, Delta, Kogi Plateau and parts of Abuja.

The National Emergency Management Agency has said that about 2.5 million persons are affected and over 603 persons killed by the flooding in the country. (NAN)