By Paul Obi and Alex Enumah
As President Jonathan visited Delta State, the National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA) Friday confirmed that while more than 700,000 have been displaced, the agency has registered 28,764 IDPs in 11 camps in 14 Local Government Councils in Delta State. At least 11 pregnant women delivered in the camps as at yesterday amid the devastation caused by the flood.
NEMA has so far registered 53, 489 Internally Displaced People (IDPS) in Delta and Anambra States, in South-South and South-Eastern Nigeria respectively.
Early in the morning before the arrival of President Jonathan in one of the camps in Asaba, Delta State, Relief and Rehabilitation officials of NEMA confirmed that 28, 764 internally Displaced People were registered in 11 camps of the 14 affected local government councils in the state. At least 11 pregnant women were successfully delivered of their babies in the camps with the help of paramedics.
Also in Anambra State, the NEMA rescue officers confirmed the registration of 24, 721 Internally Displaced People in 21 established camps of the six affected Local Government Councils (two were completely submerged). A pregnant Woman also delivered a set of triplet in one of the camps (three boys).
The president is expected to visit about five states that have been ravaged by the flood, rendering about a million people homeless, destroying farmlands and threatened oil production in the Niger-Delta.
Jonathan is also billed to visit his community and other parts of Bayelsa State where the flood has been a source of concern to citizens.