Three corpses washed up by flood from the Azikoro government cemetery in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, have been recovered and reburied.
This was disclosed by Iselema Gbaranbiri, the state’s commissioner for environment and the chairman of the Bayelsa flood committee, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The commissioner explained that the ministry got a report that one corpse was washed up, but officials dispatched to the scene found three. He said the recovered corpses were immediately reburied, and the environment was adequately fumigated.
“I got the report of a floating corpse, and I directed the head of health and sanitation to get the corpse reburied. Two more corpses were recovered and reburied, and the environment was properly fumigated,” Gbaranbiri said.
Meanwhile, residents around the cemetery have appealed to the state government to relocate the cemetery after the flood to safeguard public health.
They lamented that the fumigation and stench from the decomposing corpses pose serious health hazards. They urged the government to provide relief for them.
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