Enugu-Otu Aguleri (Anambra East LGA)-National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have carried out physical assessment of flooding menace in affected communities of the state.
The assessment was carried out in Anambra East and West, Ogbaru and Ayamelum Local Government Areas (LGAs).
South East Zonal Coordinator NEMA, Mr Fred Anusim, who was represented by Kennedy Ekeh, said that the aim of the assessment was to enable them to plan their responses to the affected communities.
“The assessment visit is also in response to the Anambra State Government call for intervention as it will enable us to write reports to National Headquarters, Abuja on the flooding situation in the state.
“Our mission here is to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the flood disaster, based on Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) predictions on flooding,’’ he said.
Executive Secretary, SEMA, Chief Paul Odenigbo, represented by Mr Chukwudi Onyenekwe said that Anambra East, Anambra West, Ayamelum and Ogbaru LGAs were completely submerged while Awka North and Ihiala LGAs were partially submerged in flood.
He noted that the Government was responding to the situation as it had established centres; where evacuated persons had been provided minimum comfort for displaced persons.
Chief Odenigbo assured that the Federal and State Governments would still do more to address the situation of flooding as it would aid affected persons in the state.
Coordinator, Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMC) on flood, Mr Nnamdi Esimai pleaded with the FG to properly dredge the River Niger in a bid to prevent incessant flooding of the river bank communities.
A victim in Enugu-Otu, Aguleri, Mrs Ndibe Igbonasi appealed to the government to come to their aid as floods had taken over their homes, farmlands and means of livelihood.
Source: Anambra State Government