It was gathered that the Delta State Emergency Management Agency has presented N2.23 million cash to 13 victims of fire and rainstorm in the state, including an 89-year-old woman.
The state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Ernest Ogwezzy, said during the presentation of the cash gifts in Asaba that the gesture was aimed at ameliorating the condition of the victims.
Each of the beneficiaries received between N50,000 and N500,000.
He, however, noted that no monetary compensation by the government could adequately mitigate their losses.
Ogwezzy said he led SEMA officials on inspection and assessment visit to Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South local government area of the state on April 12, following the destruction of properties worth millions of naira by rainstorm and fire.
He said, “It was observed during the assessment and inspection visit that the fire and the rainstorm disasters had a devastating effect on the victims.
“SEMA recommended the provision of financial assistance to the tune of N2.23m to ameliorate the condition of the victims.”
The commissioner, however, urged the people to plant trees around their homes to serve as wind breakers and check the impact of rainstorms.