Kinsmen of the immediate past president of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan are still in tears following the death of at least 14 people from his Ogbia Local Government. Also, 20 schools have been destroyed by the flood waters, according to the state emergency management agency, SEMA.
A report obtained in Yenagoa and endorsed by the agency said a total of 1,344,014 persons have so far been affected by this year’s ravaging flood, while over 1,210,183 persons were displaced from their houses.
The report also indicated that in the state capital, a total of 327,816 persons have been affected by the flood, while 310,099 were displaced and 61 injured. A total of 20 persons died in Yenagoa and up to 17 schools partially destroyed, with 14 schools totally damaged, as at November 4.
Speaking on the report, the SEMA Chairman, Walamam Igrubia, who said collation of data from the field were still on-going, observed that the heavy flood affected a number of farmlands, school buildings, health structures and other facilities.
He confirmed that the flooding affected several communities across the entire eight Local Government Areas of the State.
Igrubia said the preliminary reports and data available to SEMA and other agencies indicated that Bayelsa State remained the most flood impacted among states in the country.
The SEMA boss stated that he was delighted to hear that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq, has now acknowledged the that Bayelsa State was in the league of top ten most impacted states.