In what many Nigerians will describe as heartbreaking residents of Aeroplane Road in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State and Bomadi local government Area of Delta have raised the alarm over floating corpses from submerged cemeteries in their areas.
This came as several communities in Bomadi, Patani and Burutu local government areas of Delta State were yesterday sacked by the ravaging flood, with indigenes sleeping on top of Bomadi Bridge.
They consequently called on the state government for immediate action to avoid a public health crisis. According to a resident, Emmanuel Oden, the floating corpses had become a recurring development during floods, adding that relocation of the cemetery is long overdue. Another resident, Ebi Owoupele, urged the Bayelsa State Government to relocate the cemetery.
Meanwhile, in its reaction, the state government through the state commissioner for environment and chairman of Bayelsa Flood Committee, Iselema Gbaranbiri, said that three floating corpses were recovered and reburied with the environment properly fumigated.
“The floating of corpses were actually reported. First, as commissioner for the environment, I got the report of a floating corpse and directed my head of health and sanitation to get the corpse reburied. Later two more corpses were recovered and reburied and the environment was properly fumigated.”
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