Floods Sack 45,000 In Anambra

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The Chairman of the Transition Committee of Anambra East
LGA, Mr Chinedu Obidigwe, has estimated that 45,000 people have been rendered
homeless by flood in the area.

Obidigwe told  newsmen
recently in Aguleri, headquarters of the council, that the situation had gone
beyond the control of the council.

He appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of
the victims through the distribution of relief materials to alleviate the
untold hardship they were going through.

He said the flood started in June like others experienced in
the past but grew out of hand this time round.

“We have floods but not of this magnitude, this has
submerged a whole community, including the Orient Oil building just
commissioned,” he said.

Obidigwe lamented that farm produce and property worth
billions of naira had gone with the flood and urged the federal and state
governments as well as public-spirited individuals to assist in alleviating the
people’s sufferings.

He said that such assistance would help to checkmate social
ills like hunger, prostitution and robbery that could result from the disaster.

The chairman said that three camps were created to house the
displaced persons in the area.

He regretted that the mishap marked his three months in
office but assured the people that he was not deterred but rather spurred to
achieve tangible results.

Also reacting, Mrs Theresa Okoye, the coordinator of the
camp at Umuleri General Hospital, expressed gratitude to donors but called on
the state government to increase the supply of relief materials like mats,
foams, blankets and tents.

Okoye said that about 1,015 victims were in her camp and
needed the materials.

On his part, Mr Edwin Chuwuemeka, the Coordinator of St.
Joseph Catholic Church camp, where about 4,000 victims are accommodated, said
relief materials were coming from the state and individuals.

Some of the victims told Our source that the relief
materials were not being evenly distributed.