FLOOD have submerged over 34 communities in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta areas of Imo State and rendered almost all the inhabitants homeless.
Speaking on the disaster, the traditional ruler of Abacheke autonomous community in Egbema clan, Eze Bright Ikeji thanked the coordinator of Egbema and NEMA officials for their concern and prompt response over the calamity, adding that the people are displaced from their various fishing and farm settlement and as such have largely threatened their livelihood.
He regretted that his subjects have suddenly become refuges in their father land due to the surging flood that has brought untold hardship to the people.
Acceding to the monarch, the most annoying was swallowing of secondary schools and important government establishments.
He called on the state governor to find a lasting solution to the flood menace which has become re-occurring decimal in the areas, even as he praised the state government for calling for the drainage of Oguta Lake and Orashi River which he was of the opinion that such application may assist check such occurrence.
Coordinators of one of the development areas, Mr. Obinna Ariaga said that communities affected by the flood are now using boats and other possible means to evacuate both dead bodies and materials to dry areas. He expressed fear that if not properly checked, the communities will soon face acute starvation and diseases as a result of monumental loss while appealing to NEMA and other donor-agencies to assist the whole of the flood ridden communities.
One of the farmers from the area who is also a victim of the flood, Elenma James stated that the flood had rendered his entire community homeless and wondered what may become their fate if nothing is urgently done to cub the menace.
A serving commissioner in the Imo State Oil Producing Development Area Commission (ISOPADEC), Goodluck Dioke bemoaned flooding of the communities, though, he gave the assurance that Imo State under Governor Uzodinma will soon know what to do as remedial measure, promising to help send the agonies of the people to appropriate quarters for prompt actions.