FIVE persons, including a mother and her three-month-old baby, were yesterday drowned in the raging flood in Bayelsa State, following a head-on collision involving two canoes used as means of transportation at the Akenfa 1 area of the Yenagoa Local Government of the State.
The incident, which occurred around 9am yesterday, threw residents into mourning as the three others got drowned due to their inability to swim.
The nursing mother was reportedly drowned while trying to save her baby after the collision.
Local divers were immediately engaged by the State Government to recover the bodies of the deceased, even as Princess Egbe, the State Coordinator of the National Anti-Corruption Corps, alerted the State Government Committee on Flood, which immediately deployed officials, including the Senior Special Assistant on Civil Society, Comrade Tony Ile, to the scene of the accident.
Meanwhile, State Chairman of the Civil Liberty Organisation, Chief Nengi James, has visited the relief camps of flood victims in the State with cash donations and food items worth over One Million Naira.
He urged local and international donor agencies, including the United Nations, to come to the aide of the flood victims in the State, as, according to him, the situation is getting worse by the day.
James, however, expressed worry over the lack of proper documentation for relief materials donated by public-spirited individuals, advising that a special account be opened for donation to avoid diversion of funds.