Chief Sunny Onuesoke, one of the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has requested help for flood victims across the country, urging Nigerians to assist them in mitigating the disaster.
FS News reports that Describing the flood as a national emergency, he said that the ravaging flood has brought unbearable pain, distress, and losses to not only the flood victims but also those who are domiciled along the flood route.
Onuesoke made the call while responding to newsmen in Abuja over a report of the worsening condition of the flood currently sweeping across over 30 states of the federation.
According to him, “The flood situation is getting worse even more than what we experienced in 2012. The floods, which have affected 30 out of the 36 states in the country, have displaced 1.3 million persons, over 600 people have lost their lives, and over 200,000 houses have either been partially or fully damaged, we are also witnessing an increase in cases of water-borne diseases, skin disease, and electrocution and snake invasion”.
“Also people who are not direct victims of the flood but domiciled in areas along the flood route are also suffering the brunt of the consequence in terms of food shortage, worsening inflation, and power outages which have resulted in a sharp increase in the price of common items, a measure of garri is now sold for N2500, a cup of rice is now sold for N350, and a gallon of groundnut oil now N8000, the suffering is excruciating and painful”
Onuesoke also called on the government, political elite, political party candidates, and other stakeholders to come to the rescue of the people, saying that all hands must be on deck to bring succour and relief to the victims of the ravaging flood”
“Government, political stakeholders, parties candidate and other stakeholders must brace up and come to the rescue of the people, people are dying and everyone must come together to bring relief and succour to the people, political parties must slow down campaign activities and show compassion and empathy to the people by providing shelter for displaced persons, food items, medical support and other psychological support to enable the people to have the courage to overcome and face these trying times ”, Onuesoke concluded.