A flooded community

Flood kills four, sacks scores in Anambra, Delta

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The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the death of one Ginikanwa Izuoba in the Enugu-Otu, Aguleri flood.

The acting state coordinator of the agency in Anambra, Mr Thickman Tanimu, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Saturday.

Tanimu said Izuoba died when his house collapsed due to the impact of the flood.

He also said at least 651,053 persons in six local government areas of the state had so far been displaced by flooding.

Tanimu said the agency had assessed flooding in different parts of the state.

He stated that Ogbaru had the highest number of victims with 286,000 persons.

Anambra West and East Local Government Areas, according to Tanimu, followed with 237,000 and 103,000 victims, respectively.

He said Awka North LGA had 10,345 victims, while Ayamelum had 9,240 flood cases with 5,468 displaced persons.

Tanimu said NEMA, accompanied by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency, had visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Umunteze, Igbedo, Inoma Ifite-Ogwari in Anambra East and Anyamelum LGAs.

“We did the assessment tour with a boat because the access roads to the communities had been submerged by flood water,” he said.

Also, not less than 12 communities mostly in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo North Senatorial district had been submerged by flood as a result of torrential rain in the last few days that resulted in the River Niger overflowing its banks.

Some of the communities mostly hit are Udaba-Ekphei, Anegbette, Ukpeko Orle, Ofukpo, Agbabu, Osomegbe, Udochi, Yelwa, Ake Island and Ifeku Islay.

Many of the residents had to flee because the water level in most of the communities is above the window level of their houses while those who managed to move around go in canoes. Churches, mosques, markets, and schools have all been taken over by flood.

Agricultural produce like rice, cassava, vegetables, potatoes, ground nuts and others have been completely submerged by the devastating floods.

The people are calling on all governments at all levels to come to their aid before they start to lose their lives due to the devastating effects of the flood.

When contacted on Sunday, the Edo State Commissioner for Special Duties, Osasere Evboumwan, said, “I was in Etsako Central last Friday with NEMA, SEMA, the Head of Local Government Administration, World Health Organisation and others. We are sending our report now to see how we can provide relief for them.”

Two die in Delta

Three persons were also killed as flood also ravaged the Oko community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The PUNCH gathered that the flood also pulled down houses, rendering the occupants homeless.

It was learnt that in the process of escaping the flood, the victims’ boat capsized and three drowned.

One of the rescuers, simply identified as Okonji on Sunday, told our correspondent that the bodies of the two victims were yet to be recovered.

Speaking on the flood, Director General, Delta State Bureau of Orientation, Mr Eugene Uzum, warned residents in flood-prone areas to relocate to higher planes.

Uzum said, “Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the setting up of the Inter-ministerial Flood and Disaster Management Committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Patrick Ukah to mitigate the challenges expected by the impending ravaging flood.”

Kwara State

Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq; the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; and former President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, have mourned a popular Islamic cleric, Abdulganiy Aboto, and his two aides who died on Friday in the recent flooding in the state.

The corpses of Aboto and his two aides were recovered by the State Fire Service from a river opposite Olusola Saraki Abattoir along Sobi Army Barracks road, Ilorin with a Toyota Yaris Car on Saturday.

“We received with shock and sadness the deaths of the popular Islamic cleric Sheikh Aboto and a few others whose identities are not yet known. As faithful, we accept the judgment of our creator,” the state governor said, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye,

Sulu-Gambari, in a condolence message issued by his spokesman, Abdulazeez Arowona, said news of the scholar’s death together with his companions came to him as a rude shock considering the downpour which destroyed the popular bridge linking Kulende and Akerebiata areas.

Saraki, in a press statement signed by his Press Officer on Home Matters, Abdulganiyu Abdulqadir, described the death of the popular preacher as a great loss to the Muslim Ummah and Ilorin Emirate.


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