Leadership (Abuja)

12 January 2013

Nigeria: FG Task Force On Flood Intervention Begins Assessment Visit to Cross River

Task Force on Flood Disaster Intervention on Saturday began a tour of areas affected by flood in Cross River.

Dr. David Atowo, the leader of the team, said in Calabar that the visit followed government concern on the havoc caused by the recent flood disasters in the country.

He said that the government was also concerned about the outbreak of diseases among internally displaced persons.

Atowo said the task force would go round the 21 local government areas affected by the flood to assess the extent of damage. He restated the government's commitment to prevent future occurrence.

The task force was set up to establish the extent of the disaster, identify the pattern of injuries, disabilities, morbidity and mortality from the flood and determine the general nutritional status of children in camps and communities.

In her remark, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Angela Oyo-Ita, commended the government for setting up the task force.

According to her, all the local government areas affected by the flood are vulnerable to diseases.

She assured the team of the state government's co-operation to enable it to execute its assignment.

Mr. David Akate of the State Emergency Management Agency said Boki Local Government Area was the worst hit by the disaster.

He said 30,000 people were displaced in the state.

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