Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has ordered the immediate release of one hundred million naira to provide relief materials to flood victims in Edo Central and Edo North Senatorial Districts.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Peter Okiria, and made available to newsmen in Benin today.
Mr. Okiria said that the money was released to cushion the effects of the flood on some communities in Etsako Central, and Etsako East local government areas both in Edo North senatorial district.
He said that some communities in Esan-South East Local Government Area in Edo Central Senatorial District, also affected by the flood, would benefit from the largesse.
The statement quoted Oshiomole as assuring the people that the government would embark on a long-term solution to avoid the recurrence of the disaster.
The governor, who visited the displaced persons, said the government would liaise with the Federal Government to ensure that relief materials reached them.
He attributed the cause of the flood in which property worth billions of naira were lost, to the River Niger overflowing its banks.
Governor Oshiomhole urged the victims to be patient, saying that the calamity would soon be over and they would be able to return to their father land.
Reports say the flood inundated more than 30 communities with a population of over five hundred thousand people and also destroyed buildings, household property and farmlands in the affected communities.