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Govt offers quick intervention for Anambra flood victims

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LIFELINES are coming the way of victims of flood disaster in parts of Anambra State as government has promised quick intervention to address their plight.

   Chief of Staff in Government House, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, gave the promise when he went on a physical tour of flood devastated areas to ascertain the challenges in the area and the extent of damage caused.

   Speaking as Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s representative, Ezeajughi stated that the assistance is part of government’s commitment to ensuring that people in need get required attention that cushion their predicament.

   Expressing shock at rapidly rising water levels, Ezeajughi assured that the state government would liaise with Federal Government to ensure quick evacuation of people and their property.

According to him, everything that needs to be done will be done and fastly too, to ameliorate the sufferings of the affected people, as well as safeguard lives and property.

   Also speaking, Executive Secretary of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Sir Paul Odenigbo, said the governor directed the visit following alarm raised by residents of the area.

Former Chairman of Ogbaru Local Government Area, Mr. Arinze Awogu, called on the Federal and Anambra Governments to rescue the area as it was fast being submerged.

   “For about two decades now, Ogbaru people have lost billions of naira and human lives due to the yearly flooding, so we want all hands to be on deck to checkmate the ugly menace which is threatening the livelihood and existence of Ogbaru. What you have seen is a tip of an iceberg, if nothing tangible and drastic is done urgently, Ogbaru Council Area and other riverine communities in the state may face extinction due to continuous flooding over the years,” he said.

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   Other officials who joined the team were Mr TonyCollins Nwabunwanne, Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Mr Felix Odimegwu, Commissioner for Environment and Mr. Nnamdi Esimai, the Coordinator of Local Emergency Management Committee.

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