Many Displaced By 2012 Flood Disaster In Edo Still Live In Camps

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Four years after the 2012 flood disaster in parts of Edo, many displaced person are still staying in public buildings in the affected local government areas, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Five villages, Daba, Anegbette, Oghomere, Udochi and Ukepeko in Etsako Central Local Government Area were displaced by the disaster.
Similarly, houses and food crops worth millions of Naira were destroyed, leaving the residents with no option than to relocate to public buildings.
Although some have moved out of the camps, many who had no option are still at the temporary camps.
However, to relocate such villagers and provide shelter to victims of similar disaster in the future, the federal government decided to construct a resettlement camp at Oghomere-Ekperi.
The Coordinator of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Edward Osigbeme, while fielding questions from NAN in Benin, said the camp would be completed soon.

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He said the project had reached 90 per cent completion level, adding, “the project will be handed over to state government in the next few weeks.”
He said some of the facilities provided at the camp include single rooms, one bedroom apartments, open dormitory, boreholes, stores, relaxation centres, and security post.

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The site engineer, Lucky Iyamah, also confirmed that the camp had reached 90 per cent completion level.
“The camp is almost completed, what is left is not much. The camp will be ready in the next few months,” Mr. Iyamah said.
The Egiegbai of Ekperi, Deke Kanoba, who commended the federal government for the project, urged the affected persons to be patient.
He said the federal government was working hard to complete the project.
One of the affected persons, Aidun Uduko, also thanked the government for the project and appeal for its immediate completion for them to move in.

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