Flood: Woman delivered of baby girl at Delta IDP camp

Flood: Woman delivered of baby girl at Delta IDP camp
Flooding: Kachikwu donates relief materials to victims in Delta
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has donated relief materials worth several millions of naira to some Internally Displaced Persons over the ravaging floods in Asaba, Delta State.

Kachikwu also assured the victims that the federal government would intervene in their plight so as to ameliorate the current suffering.

Presenting the donation when he visited one of the IDP camps at the Julius Berger Camp located around Powerline in Asaba, the minister said the FG was saddened by the development.

He, however,  noted that the donation which included cash and food items was his personal contribution.

The minister while sympathising with the victims, assured them that he would communicate his personal experience to the government to ensure that they were resettled.

According to him, “There is a need for the government to look into resettling the displaced persons. The people are living in shanties. They obviously need to be resettled. The federal government will support them. We will look into resettling people.

“I am here to see and understand the situation to enable us better intervene. The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, was here yesterday. This is my personal contribution. It concerns me because in my soil.”

Chairman of the Camp, Chief Samuel Obi, who received the items on behalf of the victims, thanked the minister for coming to their aid.

He assured the minister of judicious use of the items even as he urged the government to intensify efforts in ensuring palliative measures for flood probed zones.

A woman, Mrs Chidinma Ismailia, was delivered of a baby girl at the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp at Ogbe-Afor Primary School in Asaba, Delta State.

Mrs Chidinma was delivered by a medical team led by the chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Isioma Okobah, in the early hours of Friday.

The baby and her mother are said to be in good condition, a source at the camp told our correspondent.

Chidinma is one of the over 700  homeless and displaced persons currently taking refuge at the camp after flood submerged their homes at Powerline axis of the state capital.

Our correspondent gathered that over 10,000 victims have so far been registered as having been affected by the ravaging floods in the state.

Dr. Okobah, who doubled as a members of the flood quick response team of Delta State Emergency Management, confirmed the development on his official Twitter handle – @DOkobah.

According to her, “Today (Friday) a baby girl was put to bed by Mrs. Chidinma Ismailia at the Holding Camp Asaba Delta State. The mother of the newborn while appreciating God for safe delivery also commended my boss the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa.”

However, the State Commissioner for Environment, Chief John Nani on Friday said the quick response of the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led government saved the state from a major disaster.

Nani noted that the state government had yet to quantifies the level of damage that the flood has caused residents of the state.