Flood: Foundation To Provide Lifeline For 10,000 Delta, Bayelsa Victims



(Press Release)Moved by the plight of victims of ravaging floods in Delta and Bayelsa States, the Dickens O. P. Sanomi Foundation has sent a high powered delegation to the affected communities in Delta and Bayelsa States in a bid to rehabilitate some 10,000 victims.

In the last three weeks massive flooding resulting from the overflowing of the river Niger has led to the evacuation of three million people whose homes and sources of livelihood have been submerged by flood in over 400 communities of the two states.

A statement by the Co-ordinator of the Relief Programme for the affected victims, tagged: “Project Rescue 10,000”, Mr Daniel Idonor, said Dickens O.P. Sanomi Foundation is deeply and sadly touched by the devastating impact of the monumental flooding; and the socio-economic hardship it has brought upon residents who are mostly peasant farmers.

The statement further said, as non-government organisation, the Dickens O.P. Sanomi Foundation has despatched a team of 15 experts and professionals, led by a social worker, to visit the affected communities, especially victims with a view to complementing ongoing distribution of relief materials by relevant government agencies and private organisations.

“The team is expected to carry out on-the-spot assessment tour of the affected communities and organised refugee camps, with a view to ascertaining the immediate needs of victims. The team would let the heads of the communities know that the Foundation shares, in this moment of disaster, their pains and sadness”.

“As a charitable and philanthropist organisation, Dickens O.P Sanomi Foundation is committed to providing succour to victims of the flood disaster through the provision of relief materials such as food, medicals, clothing, shelter and cash to identified victims”.

“We at Dickens O.P Sanomi Foundation believe that this is a national calamity that requires the attention of corporate Nigeria, so as to assist victims overcome the shock and trauma associated with the sudden flooding which have rendered several millions of people homeless and property worth several billions of naira destroyed across Nigeria”.

The team which departs Abuja Sunday for Delta and Bayelsa States would pay courtesy visits on traditional rulers of selected communities before inter-facing with the real victims.

The statement however noted that the assessment tour would immediately be proceeded by evacuation, resettlement and the distribution of relief materials to affected victims directly.

While thanking the Federal Government, Delta and Bayelsa States Governments for the interest and efforts towards assisting the victims so far, the Dickens O.P Sanomi Foundation wishes to appeal to other public spirited individuals, groups, and organisations to come out enmass and assist victims.

The Dickens O.P Sanomi Foundation is a charitable and non-profit organization established over a decade ago, in memory of Late Chief (AIG) Dickens Sanomi (Rtd), who is also a one time 2nd National Vice President of Urhobo Progress Union (UPU).

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