From DAUDA R PAM, Maiduguri
The Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) is set to the partner with the state Ministry of Works, Environmental Protection and Roads Maintenance Agencies to address perennial flooding in 11 IDPs camps.
This was disclosed at the weekend by the Chairperson of SEMA, Hajiya Yabawa Kolo who lamented over the last week’s flooding which has displaced 20,159 IDPs households in the state with 41 makeshift shelters and the Bakassi camp perimeter fence also destroyed by the flood.
She also explained that a special report would be submitted to the state government on measures to be taken to overcome challenges of flooding in IDPs camps and their host communities hinted that “emergency protection concerns” would also be addressed by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and other development partners.
According to her, the temporary measures being adopted was to drain the floodwaters from three IDPs camps of Bakassi, Teachers Village and stadium and quickly added that massive enlightenment campaigns would be launched on public health in various units of IDPs camps, while she warned mothers to desist from the use of floodwaters and sewage by children.