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Rivers State

Rood disaster 'forces farmers into premature harvest eFamilies postpone burials of loved ones

would olhcially get to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA to come to theu aid . However, the South South zonal Coordinator of NEMA. Mr Emenike Umesi said they had been aware of Lhe flood situation in the affected communilles in the local government and had been working on the af1ected areas. He also listed Ndoni m Ogba Egbema Ndoru local government area as other areas afIected. He said they had concluded assessment of the aUected communities to determine the level of asslStance tbat could be given to the victims r-r'he NEMA Coordinator, 1 Mr Umest saJd in Ndoni his agency identified a camp for victuns but It was swept off by Dood He said they had already alerted the local govemmf"111 authonty of the inodent Accordtnu to rum, the loc-al governmenl would now gt'·e 11,e'Dl anolh'!r spacl" to set up a ICSIt camp lor lh~ dim!\" In du"ar', r 101 ,r' 'f'WloIiJ'1 he\·4'lQU,ltl "11"11) Jhml

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aware there was flood challenge in the area. He bowever assured th at urgent steps would be taken to mitigate the plights of VlCtims of the nood . Earlier. Chairman of the Senate Committee on Envi· ronment and Eco}ogy, Senator Bukola Sarald said be was deeply touched by the plights of victims of the Oood. stressing that his committee

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VANGUARD, 06 OCTOBER, 2012