ANAMBRA State Government has pledged immediate attention to persons displaced as a result of 2019 flooding in coastal areas across the state.
Gov. Willie Obiano said this during a meeting with State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Navy, Red Cross, Civil Defence and Local Government Transition Chairmen in his home, Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA).
He noted that the state government would do everything within its capacity to ensure that health and food needs of the displaced persons would be taken care of.
The governor gave directive to all relevant agencies to ensure that transportation facilities were in place for immediate evacuation of those trapped in flooded areas.
All medical personnel will also be on ground to assist in avoiding diarrhoea outbreak. Food and clean water will be available for all too,” the Governor said.
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.
Agupugo said that the current situation in these 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.
Transition Committee Chairman, Anambra East LGA, 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 our 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.
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.
“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,” Nnoli said.