About 6, 654 persons trapped by a flood disaster that submerged communities in Ibaji local government area of Kogi State, were evacuated by the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) the Director General of the Agency, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi has said.
He made this known in Lokoja at the official presentation of medical items, tents and mobile toilets to the Kogi State Government for the improvement of health and sanitation condition of the various IDP camps in the State.
Represented by the Director Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Charles Otegbade, the NEMA boss said the intervention was part of the agency's mandate to provide succour in alleviating the suffering of those affected by the disaster after the successful search and rescue operations.
"Immediately the agency received distress call indicating that many people were trapped and rendered homeless while many others were hanging on the rooftops and trees, the agency activated the relevant stakeholders that immediately responded in the evacuation of the stranded citizens," he said.
He explained that the boats of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) were used for the evacuations, however due to the minimal passenger carrying capacity of NIWA's boats, local boats and canoes were also engaged in the operation.
He further said that the total number of the evacuated persons include 2551 children, 2165 women and 1938 men were rescued from 33 communities in Ibaji and taken to safety in the nearby Idah local government area.
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Omede Idris, appreciated the agency for the kind gesture. He assured that the items would be judiciously used.