About 2,000 families in Anambra community has been sacked by flood

flood-in-anambraThe flood, which sub­merged homes, worship places, schools and other public facilities, reported­ly sacked over 2,000 house­holds.
The situation is believed to be worse in Ogbaru be­cause it is a riverine area.
When the news agency of Nigeria, visited the council and areas affected by the flood, over 2,000 buildings and farmlands were taken over by the flood and the atten­dant erosion.
The Atani-Osomala-Oki­li-Ozizo-Ogwu-Ikpele fed­eral road which leads to Rivers State was cut off by the flood.
Traders, especially women, were seen traveling to Alieze Market in Riv­ers State in boats and canoes.
The Traditional Ruler of Ossomala in Ogbaru Local Government Area, His Roy­al Highness Okakwu Victor Awogu, the Atamanya of Os­somala, told news men that it was sad that his peo­ple were hit by such a natural disaster.
He said that most of the coastal areas were being threatened by the River Niger.
“For this to be happening in Nigeria of the 21st Century and in a major food-produc­ing community like Ogbaru, to the extent that there is no more motorable road, is a big pain, not only to Ogbaru peo­ple but also to all those mak­ing use of the road.
“We have been writing to the authorities begging that the repair of the roads should go beyond Ossomala to Og­wu-Ikpele down to Rivers State. If the road is construct­ed and the flood channelled to the River Niger, it will ease our pains and reduce the hours spent by travellers on the Onit­sha-Owerri Road to Aba and Port Harcourt. It will also open up the economy,” he said.
The monarch said that “half of Ossomala and oth­er parts of Ogbaru have been washed into the River Niger. As I speak, there is still a threat of the river eating up houses and farmlands.”
A clergyman from the area, Rev. Ndubisi Agazinwa of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Obeagwe, in a chat with The news Men, called on the government to urgently help the area as the natives could no longer travel on the feder­al road except by boats.
The Ogene of Ogwu-Ik­pele in Ogbaru, Onwu Am­brose Ogene, claimed that the federal and state governments had abandoned the people, in­sisting that unless the govern­ment constructs the federal road and channels the flood appropriately, the entire Ogb­aru could be washed away.
Another community lead­er and the Oduah of Obeagwe, a 98 years old John Nnabuife, told  that the government’s presence was urgently needed in Og­baru, especially in the area of road infrastructure.
It was en­countered that a speedboat con­veying Ogbaru women to the Alieze Market in Rivers State. One of them, who identified herself as Adaobi Udoye, said that they took the dangerous journey because there was no road that links Akili-Ogidi, Ogwu-Ikpele and other com­munities to Rivers State.
A youth from the area, Olisa Onwuma, from the Og­wu-Ikpele area, who conduct­ed  around the affected communities in a speedboat, said that the issue of road in Ogbaru had been over-flogged, lamenting that “after several promises and election campaigns vis-à-vis road construction, such prom­ises were never fulfilled by the elected leaders.”
The 10 local governments prone to flooding in the state are Ayamelum, Ogbaru, An­ambra East, Anambra West, Onitsha North and Onitsha South. Others are Ihiala, Ek­wusigo, Idemili North, Idemili South and Awka North.
The Anambra State Com­missioner for Environment, Mr. Romanus Ejikeme, said that, “the governor is very careful to ensure that what happened in 2012 does not re­peat itself. He has directed that we go into partnership with the State Emergency Manage­ment Agency (SEMA), and we have done so, and the results are already manifesting.”
The SEMA Executive Sec­retary, Mr. Paul Odenigbo, has already visited Ogbaru.
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