Sunday, 13 October 2019
FLOOD SUBMERGED FOUR COMMUNITIES IN OBIANO'S COUNCIL AREA
Four Communities in Governor Willie Obiano’s Anambra East local government area have been submerged by flood with residents losing millions.
The communities are Mkpunando, Eziagulu Otu, Umundeze and Enugu otu
As a result, the Governor has met with members of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA, the Nigerian Red Cross Society, the Navy among others to look for ways of getting it right in those flooded areas.
Some of the residents had raised the alarm that if nothing was done by the state government urgently, communities would be as good as forgotten.
One of the displaced persons, Mr Izuchukwu Nnoli, pleaded with Government to come to their aid as the flood had taken over their homes and farmlands.
According to him:“This 2019 flood is a terrible experience. I call on the state government to do something about the flooding because farming is our only source of livelihood,’’
However, the State Government, had pledged immediate attention to persons displaced as a result of 2019 flooding in the coastal areas across the state.
In his meeting with the agencies at his home town, Aguleri at the weekend, Obiano said his government would do everything within its capacity to ensure that health and food needed of the displaced persons were made available
He gave the directive to all relevant agencies to ensure that transportation facilities were in place for immediate evacuation of those trapped in flooded areas.
Obiano said: “All medical personnel will also be on ground to assist in avoiding diarrhea outbreak. Food and clean water will be available for all too”
Executive Director, SEMA, Mr Cyril Agupugo briefed the governor on the happenings in Enugu Otu, Eziagulu Otu, Mkpunando and Umundeze communities in Anambra East LGA.
He said the current situation in the communities were scary as most of the houses were completely submerged.
“These areas are underwater with victims’ farmlands and household items worth millions of naira and they are calling for government’s immediate intervention,” he said.
The Transition Committee Chairman, Anambra East Council Area , Mr Obi Nweke urged the displaced persons not to panic and lose hope but to trust in God as help was underway.
“I believe things will be better in no distant time. Life is most important now as you can still re-acquire your lost property.
“When the flood becomes too much, we have no other option than to evacuate to safer places until water recedes then you can move back to your houses,” Nweke said.
While thanking the state government and SEMA, Nweke re-assured the displaced persons of immediate intervention by Government and in any little way he could also help.