Nadal Donates One Million Euros To Mallorca Flood Victims

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Rafael Nadal has given one million euros ($1.14 million) to the victims of floods in his native Mallorca, the mayor of the affected town Mateu Puigros said on Thursday.

The incidents claimed 13 lives in October in the town that neighbours Nadal’s home of Manacor.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner had also made his tennis academy available for those impacted by the sudden downpour.

“In the name of the municipality and the residents especially those affected by the flood in October, we want to thank him for the sensitivity he has shown since the beginning and after what happened here in Sant Llorenc,” Puigros said in a video.


Flood Victims In Niger State Appeal For Resettlement Support

flood victims, Niger state, resettlement supportFlood victims in over 25 communities, mainly rice farmlands, in Ketso local government area of Niger state, that were ravaged with flood, have pleaded for an urgent government intervention.

They also appealed to international organizations to urgently come to their aid in order to curb the impact of the annual flood that has destroyed several farmlands and other valuables.

Ketso the home town of Niger state Deputy Governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, is situated at the bank of River Niger, and has witnessed annual flooding.

Several houses, public buildings and farm produce were said to have been destroyed in the area, leaving residents in abject poverty.

The District Head of the village, Alhaji Yahaya Abdullahi, speaking to Channels Television, disclosed that they were ready for resettlement but are seeking the government’s support in the resettlement process.

He explained that Ketso has 25 other villages under it that were persistently ravaged by flood annually, which had been more devastating due to their location.

However, the village head stated that the first thing to do was to acquire a Certificate Of Occupancy (C of O) of the land allocated to them from Mokwa.

Mr Abdullahi decried that since the construction of Kanji and Jebba Dams, the community had continued to experience more devastating flood incidents, adding that the people upstream were compensated while the downstream of the dam communities, were left on their own to suffer the hardship it had created.

An indigene of the village, Hassan Umar Sonfada also revealed that the people of the area now live in poverty due to the devastating effect of the continues flood on the people, a situation that calls for concern by all.

Sonfada said that the people are ready to relocate to the land allocated to them at Gbedoti in Mokwa local government but handicapped as a result of lack of C of O, which would authenticate their settlement, avoiding future land tussle from the original owners.

He lamented that although the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), had brought relief items such as rice, maize and mosquito nets, they were however insufficient.

Furthermore, he added that they were vulnerable to all kinds of water borne diseases and infections, due to lack of good drinking water and toilet facilities.

The Director General, Niger State Emergency Management Agency(NSEMA), Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, on the other hand, said that huge sums of money had been spent on providing succor for the victims.

According to him, there had been procurement of drugs, food stuffs, building materials, clothing materials, bed covers, blankets, mattresses, as well as outright cash gifts and provision of temporary camps for the victims of the flood disasters in parts of the state.

Stakeholders Appeal To Niger Govt. For Resettlement Of Flood Victims

Flood, Nasarawa, Niger State, flood victimsThe National Kakanda Development Association (NKADA) has appealed to the Niger State government and other relevant agencies as a matter of urgency to speed up the resettlement plans of the most vulnerable flood affected communities in the state to Kolu Egba via Bina and Kuchi- Kebba proposed sites.

The call became necessary following the recent flooding of several communities in the Lapai area of Niger state, an incident which has been happening for five consecutive years and has caused untold hardship for the people.

The National President of NKADA, Ismaila Ayuba, was speaking at the grassroots meeting held at Muye in Lapai Local Government Area of the state and aimed at finding solutions to the challenge.

“The unfortunate situation started since the construction of Kanji, Jebba and Shiroro Hydro Power Dams which usually overflow downstream as a result of heavy rainfall that had left the community with losses unimaginable,” he said.

Ayuba said that the community has been affected in several ways including loss of lives.

Farmlands, crops and animals have been washed away. Many houses, schools and worship buildings have been destroyed, while maternal health degraded with galloping unemployment rate.

While he applauded the state and local government for their policies and programmes, Mr Ayuba asked for the construction of the permanent Muye market, posting of personnel to its primary health centre and posting of science teachers to the secondary school to enable them commence science classes.

Consequently, the meeting reached resolutions that include the establishment of dry season demonstration plot at Egba, Bina and Cheku, the registration of 10 cooperatives with the aim of benefitting from agricultural financing scheme of the government and setting up of permanent settlement for flood vulnerable communities during the rainy season.

They also resolved that the newly constructed Muye Primary Health Centre should be put to full use by asking government to post staff to drive its operation, while a science class is also established at the local secondary school.

The stakeholders also recommended amicable settlement of disputes out of litigation as well as embarking on tree planting and minimizing deforestation in the area.

They agreed that there was need to also relate with relevant agencies to commence construction of the Muye market site.

Flood Leaves Residents Homeless In Ayetoro

flood, residents of Anambra, NEMA,Residents of Ayetoro in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, are already feeling the effect of the predicted flooding, as their homes have been washed away after a heavy rain.

This comes days after flash flood prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NMA).

Although no life was lost in the incident, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye, reacting to this incident, asked residents to desist from building their structures on waterways.

Mr Oyeleye also advised residents to always maintain good environmental practices, saying their actions were largely responsible for the incident.

Residents of this community old and young tried to salvage what remained of their personal belongings after a torrential rain which lasted for about three hours.

Homes flooded, vehicles and other personal effects were not left out of this.
This was partly as a result of building on the waterways and indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

Some of the residents of the community have been cut off from the rest of the community, as the bridge leading to their homes have been cut down by the rain.

The Residents of Ayetoro now depend on makeshift steps of stones to reach their homes.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency had warned of flash floods in some states of the federation with Ogun State not left out.

However, the Ogun State government is working with the National Emergency Management Authority to create more awareness on flood prevention and control.

Govt. Sympathizes With Nasarawa Flood Victims

Nasarawa, Flood Victims, Nasrawa floodThe Nasarawa State government has sympathized with the victims of the recent flood disaster that occurred in seven villages of Lafia, the state capital.

A heavy downpour had recently wreaked havoc in Lafia East Development Area of Nasarawa State resulting to the death of four people.

The flood washed away large hectares of farmlands and also destroyed a number of houses.

It also broke down bridges linking the villages, forcing residents to use other routes.

A special delegation of the government who visited the area to ascertain the level of destruction gave the assurance that prompt intervention was underway.

The Nasarawa Commissioner for Local Government and leader of the delegation, Mr Aliyu Tijjani, promised that the government will intervene immediately.

He called on the residents of the riverine area to avoid building houses close to water channels.

He promised that the government would reconstruct the broken bridges, provide relief materials and farm inputs to alleviate their sufferings.

Mr Tijjani warned residents to avoid building houses close to water channels explaining that most of the houses destroyed were guilty of this.

The Sole Administrator of the area, Mr Suleiman Wambai, who was part of the delegation, also assured the people of quick government intervention.

The people, while being appreciative of the visit, appealed to the government to put modalities in place to avert a re-occurrence of such disaster.

Imo Govt. Distributes Relief Materials To Oguta Flood Victims

floodThe Imo State government through the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (ISOPADEC) has provided relief materials to the people of Oguta.

This is to alleviate their immediate suffering and hardship following the rampaging flood that submerged many houses and displaced many people in riverine Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State.

Speaking to Channels Television at the ISOPADEC office after the distribution of the relief materials, the acting Managing Director of the commission, Kingsley Uju, said that the move was to provide immediate succour to victims of the flood disaster.

According to him, the relief material is more of food items for their immediate consumption pending the time the water goes down.

He said that the federal government would also intervene in helping the victims.

He, however, urged people living in the area to move to the upper lands and also the camps built by the state government for flood displaced people, located in Oguta and Ohaji Egbema, pending the time the flood subsides.

Ogun State Distributes Food Items To Flood Victims

Ogun State Government has distributed food items received from the Federal Government to flood victims across 20 Local Governments of the State.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun who stated this in Abeokuta while speaking on the activities of her ministry, disclosed that late in 2012 the State taken delivery of 660 metric tons of maize, 60 metric tons of cassava flakes and 180 metric tons of sorghum as its portion of relief food items released by the Federal Government to states across the federation.

She added that the items were released to mitigate effects of the flood experienced across the country last year and help combat the effects of malnutrition that may arise, especially in women and children.

The commissioner explained that the distribution of the items was based on the projected 2012 population census of women in the State, pointing out that the items could be assessed through “women in agriculture”.

It will be recalled that the state government distributed relief materials last week in a similar gesture  to victims of last year’s flood disaster in Ado-Odo/Ota, Ijebu Ode and Yewa South Local Government Areas of the State.

The items include 300 bags of rice, 700 pieces of mattresses, 70,000 pieces of insecticide treated nets and 1,000 pieces of blankets.

Uduaghan recruits Aki and Paw Paw to motivate flood victims

The Delta State governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan on Monday explained the rationale behind inviting Nollywood actors, Chinedu Ikedieze and Osita Iheme, popularly known as Aki and Paw Paw, to visit flood victims in the state as motivational speakers.

Aki and Paw Paw were reportedly present during the inauguration of the 12-man committee on the management of Federal Government fund released to the state over the flood disaster and the Post-Flooding Rehabilitation of Victims, headed by a retired Supreme Court Judge, Justice Francis Tabai, at Government House, Asaba, by Mr Uduaghan.

The governor said he invited the duo after he visited the Institute of Continuing Education, where some flood victims’ were camped on a certain day and discovered that the displaced person, who were watching a Nollywood movie, were so engrossed that they barely gave him attention when he walked in.

“As I walked in, half of the population were watching television; you know we provided a giant television for them,” he said.

“I tried to attract their attention. Some looked at me and greeted me, but they turned to continue watching the television. When I looked at the television, I saw it was Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu that they were watching.

“You see, because they were watching Aki, Paw Paw and Ibu, they forgot their pains. For them, these Nollywood actors were helping them to ease their pains. That was why I invited them to go to the different camps as motivational speakers because the victims require a lot of motivation, while they are preparing to go back home,” the governor added.

He said the victims needed psychological support, adding that he was optimistic that Aki and Paw Paw would provide it for them.

“That is why they are here as motivational speakers. I believe that the few minutes they will spend will ease the pains of our IDPs. Those who have ability to ease those in pains, please help, it is not about food alone for the victims – that will not ease their pains.”