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Flood: Soludo urges Nigeria, Cameroon dialogue

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ANAMBRA State Governor, Chukwuma Charles Soludo has called on   National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), all levels of government, organisations and good-spirited individuals, to help alleviate the sufferings of people displaced by the flood in   Anambra and the country at large.

  Making the call during his visit to IDP camps in Onitsha North Council Area, housing displaced persons from Anambra West and IDP camps at Umuoba Anam and Ekpe Nneyi, Umueri, in Anambra East Council Area, the governor noted that the flood water emanates and surges from Cameroon, and urged the federal government to dialogue with the government of Cameroon to proffer lasting solution to the flood devastation which has unfortunately become an annual occurrence.

  He suggested that solutions like construction of dams or diversionary channels could help solve the problem.

  According to him, “Anambra State Government is doing everything possible to alleviate the sufferings of the people. They need support now and afterwards because their houses, properties and farmlands are submerged under water. I’m worried that they will have to start life afresh.”

  “We are receiving people from Delta State to join IDP Camp in Onitsha North. Today alone, over 400 displaced persons have reported here.”

  He expressed optimism that in the coming weeks, the flood will recede and the affected persons will find their ways back to their respective homes.

  “As ndiAnambra, we are particularly concerned and disturbed about these flood crises. We’ve observed all you need to make your stay here minimally comfortable. As a government, we will try our best to provide power supply, foams, soap, mosquito nets, medical care and others”.

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   “It’s saddening that every year, people run away from their abode because of flooding. I have visited the clinic, cooking space and seen the damaged zincs/roofs that cause leakages when there is downpour. We shall support you,” he assured.

  While noting that the Commissioner for Power and Water Resources,  Julius Chukwuemeka represents Anambra East and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Tony-Collins Nwabunwanne represents Anambra West, the  lamented   the inability of the affected children to attend school and play football for leisure.

  “This crises affects all of us. Government will extend support and hopefully, within two weeks, the flood will subside. When you return to your homes, government will still come back to visit and assess your losses”.

  “We are willing to help restore all you have lost”, the governor said.

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