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Residents groan as flood submerges communities

Houses and farmlands in Anambra West local government area of state have been submerged by flood.

This followed series of rainfall which caused the rivers in the area to rise above their banks leading to flooding of the entire communities.

After the predictions by relevant weather forecast agencies in the country, the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA swung into action by sensitizing the riverine communities.

The flood prone local government areas were also alerted on the need for them to relocate to higher grounds and holding camps being provided place by the government.

Most residents of the people told Radio Nigeria that they were fed up with government coming every year to tell them same old story without coming up with any tangible solution other than bringing cups of rice, beans, garri, and other edible items .

One of the victims, Mr Alex Okafor narrated his ordeal as they struggle to save the remaining property in their homes.

Another victim, Mrs Mary Olota, whose house and farmlands had been submerged since September this year, said feeding was very difficult after the flood.

An aged woman, Mrs Anigboma Chukwuma told Radio Nigeria that a pregnant mother who could not get medical attention due to the flood incident, died during delivery in the area and appealed for urgent government assistance.

Another resident, Mr Nnamdi Esimai lamented said her unharvested crops and produce were all submerged.

”Schools are affected and our children are really affected, from COVID-19 to flood water. Let Federal Government come and properly dredge River Niger toprevent flooding.”

Some of the victims called on the government to provide habitable designated camps to avoid outbreak and increase cases of COVID-19.

Representative of the Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, South East Zone, Mr Kenedy Eke was on ground to carryout on the spot assessment of the level of damage done by the flood.

As the rains continue to leave impact, the people of Inoma, Odumogwo, Alla, Umueze-anam, Nzam, Umuenwelum-Anam , Igbokenyi, Oromaetiti, Mmiata, Ifite Anam, all in Anambra West local government area are calling for urgent and concrete assistance from the government ahead of the next farming season.

Uche Ndeke

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