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13 communities sacked, 300 displaced in Anambra floods

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No fewer than 13 communities in the Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State have been wrecked by flood, The PUNCH has learnt.

The perennial disaster, it was gathered, had also displaced over 300 families while businesses and farmers had lost their produce to the menace.

Also affected are schools, churches, markets and farmlands, a situation that has forced residents of the communities to relocate.

The worst-hit communities are Ogwuikpele, Akali, Ogidi, Atani, Osamala, and Umu-Uzu, among others.

The President General of the Ogwuikpele community, Mr Madupuo Victor, who spoke to journalists on Wednesday, lamented that the disaster had become worrisome, calling for a permanent solution to the menace.

He called for the provision of Internally Displaced Camps where the displaced people could stay.

He said, “As it stands now a lot of homes have been lost and several families have relocated and the number is more than 300 based on the ones we can easily remember.

“We need medical attention, and we also need relief materials because the children and nursing mothers are now vulnerable to all kinds of diseases.”

Also, the President General of the Akiri-Ogidi community, Michael Chukwuse, called on both the federal and state governments to come to their aid, lamenting that the National Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency couldn’t shoulder the responsibility alone.

However, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Felix Odumegwu said, “Flooding is an act of nature and it is a natural disaster but we started early to carry out awareness campaigns before the flood and we are currently interfacing with the NEMA and our SEMA to assist flood victims.

The executive secretary of the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, Mr Paul Odinigbo pointed out that “the flooding is not an accident; they knew there was going to be flooding. We warned them and even had sensitisation visits to all the communities. It was expected.

‘’It was predicted by NEMA and we asked them to evacuate before the flood came. It is not only Ogbaru, we have floods in the state, we have about seven other communities in the state that are affected by the flood,” he said.

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