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Bayelsa Flood: Buhari orders emergency agencies to help



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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed all federal agencies dealing with rescue and disaster management to offer all needed assistance to Bayelsa State over flood in the state.

Buhari, who expressed sadness at the devastation caused by flood in Bayelsa State, also directed all concerned to work for the restoration of normalcy throughout the affected parts of the country.

This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

According to reports by the state government, 700,000 persons were displaced in about 300 communities and villages in five of the state’s eight local government areas that were submerged in water due to rains causing the flood.

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President Buhari, however, blamed buildings on water channels, disregard for early warning by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and the changes to weather caused by climate change as chiefly to blame for the floods that have so far hit 33 of the nation’s 36 states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

Buhari, therefore, extended the country’s condolences to the families of the victims and all those affected by this natural disaster.

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