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Flood renders 1,000 homeless in Anambra



A MAJOR flooding has rendered no fewer than 1,000 persons homeless in four communities in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  Transition Committee Chairman of the council, Arinze Awogu, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Awka yesterday.

  Awogu said the flood submerged many farmlands in the area, adding that displaced families had relocated upland, due to the steady rise in the water level.

  He said that the victims had yet to go into the displaced persons holding camps but taking refuge in the homes of their relatives.

According to Awogu, the crops had either been washed away or got rotten in the affected farmlands, advising victims to urgently move into refugee camps rather than wait until the disaster got worse.

  “Ogbaru is gradually but steadily going under water, our farms have been submerged, especially the root crops. At least 1,000 persons were displaced from their homes and some victims decided to join their relatives in upland areas, refusing to go to the holding camps. We are afraid that by next week, the situation would get worse. You know we are riverine and our occupation is agriculture,” Awogu said.

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