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Anambra seeks FG’s support to rebuild flood destroyed facilities

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TECHNICAL Working Committee on Prevention of Flood Disaster in Nigeria, Saturday, visited Anambra State to assess the level of damage caused by the 2022 flooding that affected eight local government areas in the state.

The visit was in line with the federal government’s resolve to find permanent solution to the perennial flooding that is ravaging several states along the banks of Niger and Benue Rivers, including Anambra State.

The team was guided by the state governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, ably represented by his deputy, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, who led the team to Anambra East and West and Ayamelum LGA, where the delegation had on the spot assessment of the washed away houses, schools, water treatment plants and power infrastructures.

Other flood damaged infrastructures visited by the team include, markets, bridges, culverts, farm lands and road infrastructures.

The deputy governor, while taking the delegation round, noted that the state experiences flooding on annual basis, with massive flooding occurring almost every five years.

 He stated that the 2022 experience has never been witnessed in recorded history, with its resultant damages and pleaded that the state needs federal government’s intervention to rebuild washed away infrastructures.

The delegation, led by ,  led by Dilichukwu Etigbuo, a director in the Federal Ministry of Environment,  was overwhelmed by the level of damage caused by the flood in communities such as Umuoba Anam, Miata, Umueri, Enugu-Otu Aguleri, Anaku and Omor, among others.

The committee, which is part of the Presidential Committee on Prevention of Flood Disaster, headed by the Minister for Water Resources, was set up by the president to find permanent solution to the recent flood that devastated most of the states in North Central, South East and South South Geo Political Zones, with a 90-day mandate to visit states affected by the 2022 flooding to assess the extent of damages caused by the flood and make recommendations on permanent solution to avert future occurrence.

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Members of the state government team on the tour include the Commissioner for Environment, Felix Odumegwu, the transition committee chairpersons of the three local government areas visited, among other top government functionaries

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