The flood situation continues to worsen in Nigeria, in particular for southern areas. As many as 700,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Bayelsa State, according to the state government.
Bayelsa Commissioner for Environment Iselema Gbaranbiri stated that around 300 communities and villages in the state have either been totally or partially submerged, with as many as 700,000 people either affected or displaced.
Areas along the Niger, Nun and Forcados rivers in the state have all seen severe flooding since early October. Among the hardest hit Local Government Areas (LGAs) are Yenagoa, Sagbama, Ekeremor, Ogbia, Kolokuma/Opokuma and Southern Ijaw.
In a statement of 12 October, Douye Diri, governor of Bayelsa State, said, “Homes, communities and villages have been sacked, and the people are now living as internally displaced persons. We have even recorded few deaths, and destruction of properties.”
The governor of visited Sagbama and Kolokuma/Opokuma LGAs on 13 October to see the extent of the damage caused by the floods first hand and to find ways to immediately support the victims.
Let me thank Nigerians from all walks of life for your concerns about the ravaging flood in Bayelsa.
Calls from my colleagues, Governors, friends from the National Assembly & other friends across the country & beyond have reassured my confidence that we shall come out stronger. pic.twitter.com/bzaBYyLgCg
— Governor Douye Diri (@govdouyediri) October 17, 2022
I was very disturbed with what I witnessed yesterday when I visited the flooded Sagbama town and Tungbo community both in Sagbama LGA. Our government sympathizes with all affected people. We will do our best to support them. pic.twitter.com/bHJNilXy9P
— Governor Douye Diri (@govdouyediri) October 14, 2022
Today, I visited Bolou-orua and Adagbabiri communities in Sagbama LGA and then Odi and Kaiama communities in Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA of the State to see the extent of the damage caused by this year’s ravaging flood and how we can immediately support the victims. We will do our best. pic.twitter.com/WatMrf2a5k
— Governor Douye Diri (@govdouyediri) October 13, 2022