The Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) will focus on some of the needs of the people affected by flooding in some parts of the country. “We have decided to focus on water, sanitation and hygiene, health, temporary shelter, relief materials in accordance with the affected people’s immediate needs in our ten target states”, said the head of Disaster Management, Umar Abdu Mairiga at the national head quarters, Abuja.
This announcement was made yesterday as the NRCS reviewed her preliminary report of the rapid assessment the national Society conducted in ten states of Adamawa, Taraba, Kogi, Plateau, Niger, Benue, Bayelsa, Kogi, Anambra and Edo.
“During our assessment we discovered that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the camps are in a dire need of assistance as almost all of them had lost everything including houses and means of livelihood to the flood” said Umar
“Sincerely speaking, the IDPs needs are so enormous that no one organization can proffer solutions to them. That is why we are focusing on what we considered as their immediate needs”, Umar announced.
Receiving the report, the Secretary General of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Bello Hamman Diram, thanked the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for their financial and technical support.
He also commended President Goodluck Jonathan, who is also the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Red Cross Society for his concern for the people affected by the flood and especially for inaugurating a committee with a mandate to raise fund and assist the affected people all over the country.
“Meeting the immediate needs of the affected people is very urgent but what is very expedient is the aftermath of the flood. I call upon everyone to join the president and the Red Cross to help stop, in the mean time, the suffering of the affected people and think of a long term solution to their plight”, Diram appealed.
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