Anambra floods: One dead, 651,000 people displaced

By Chimezie Anaso
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed the death of one Ginikanwa Izuoba in the flood incidents that have so far displaced at least 651,053 persons in six local government areas of Anambra state

The Acting State Coordinator of NEMA in Anambra, Mr Thickman Tanimu Izuoba died Enugu-Otu, Aguleri area of the state when his house collapsed on him as a result of the flood.

Tanimu who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Saturday said Izuoba’s his house collapsed due to the impact of the flood.

He also said the agency had undertaken an assessment of flooding in different parts of the state.

He said that Ogbaru had the highest number of victims with 286,000 persons.

He said that Anambra West and East Local Government Areas (LGAs) followed with 237,000 and 103,000 victims, respectively.

He said that Awka North LGA had 10,345 victims, while Ayamelum had 9,240 flood cases with 5,468 displaced persons.

Tanimu said that NEMA, accompanied by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Umunteze, Igbedo, Inoma Ifite-Ogwari in Anambra East and Anyamelum LGAs.

“The assessment team observed that the flood has submerged houses, farmlands, schools, health centres, Police Stations and Churches and other critical infrastructure.

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“We did the assessment tour with a boat because the access roads to the communities have been submerged by flood water,” he said.

Tanimu commended Anambra SEMA for taking some proactive measures to mitigate the impact of the disaster.

Some of the measures, he said, included the identification of 13 IDPs camps, recruitment of camp managers and support staff and activation of health workers to work with people in the camps.

He listed the camps so far activated to include the Ifite-Ogwari and Igbakwu Health Centres.

Tanimu said: “The assessment tour is the first step the Federal Government has to take.

“We have reported our findings to the management of the agency and based on that, they can now deploy relief materials as appropriate.”

He listed clothing, diapers, bedding, sanitary materials and food items, amongst others as part of the relief materials.

“We once again advise villagers to move to the holding camps to avert further loss of lives,” Tanimu said.(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)