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Flood sacks two Anambra LGs




…Govt directs flood victims to IDP camps
…80 killed, 100,000 households displaced in Yobe, Kogi

FLOOD has wrecked damages in Umueri community and Anaku in Anambra East and Ayamelum Local Government Areas of Anambra State with houses, farm lands, crops, property and other valuables submerged in the area, including the popular Otuocha Market.

  The agony in Umueri was visible among people with men and women trapped in emergency harvesting of their premature crops close to most houses that were already under water.

  Speaking in a telephone interview after going round to assess the situation, traditional ruler of Umueri, Igwe Benneth Emeka, regretted that his community and neighbouring towns have continuously been living at the mercy of floods with its telltale denominated in heavy losses every year.

  According to Igwe Emeka, his subjects has lost over N100million to the year’s flood attack since their crops were either being harvested prematurely or completely washed away.

  While thanking the government for establishing holding centres for flood victims in Umueri General Hospital, the monarch also solicited more assistance for his people.

  Meanwhile, victims of communities under flood attack have been directed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps where they can put up until the normalcy returns in their towns.

  Residents of riverine areas whose communities face imminent risk of flooding were also given the same advice to avoid being trapped in flood.

  Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, gave the advice addressing displaced persons taking refuge in IDP camps and holding centres located in Ogbaru, Onitsha North and Anambra East Local Government Areas, yesterday.

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  Speaking during his visit to holding centres in Umuoba Anam and Umueri, Gov. Soludo said the visit will provide on-the-spot, first-hand information on the people’s living condition in the camps, and also help government to come up with relief materials for better welfare of inmates.

  Some of the relief materials include installation of solar energy, provision of insecticide treated mosquito nets and foodstuff.

  According to the governor, this is a demonstration of his administration’s concern for the plights of flood victims, explaining that nothing will be too much to contribute in assisting people that have suffered so much loss to their means of livelihood.

  Some of the victims who spoke with National Light expressed their joy over the governor’s visit, saying it  bears imprints of a government with human face.

  About 75 persons have been killed by flood in 255 communities across 17 local government areas in Yobe State with over 70,000 rendered homeless after their houses were destroyed or washed away.

  Executive Secretary of Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA), Dr. Mohammed Goje, gave the figures in Damaturu, yesterday.

  Describing Bade, Karasuwa, Jakusko, Gujba, and Gulani Local Government Areas as worst hit areas, Goje explained their death toll as direct consequences of the ravaging flood and windstorm with many more lives at risk across 10 local government areas.

  Also, no fewer than six persons, including a toddler, were killed by the massive flood that sacked communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State while two of the victims were brought ashore by divers following a boat that capsized trying to ferry residents across to Ganaja Village from Gadumo area in Lokoja.

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  Over 30,000 people were also displaced in the various communities.

  Police Public Relations Officer of Kogi State Police Command, William Aya, confirmed the disaster in a telephone chat, yesterday.

  Speaking to newsmen in Lokoja, Chairman of Ibaji Local Government Council, Williams Iko-Ojo, confirmed the report.

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