Anambra government urges people in flood-prone areas to relocate

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The Anambra State government has called on displaced persons from the flood-prone areas to relocate to Holding Centres already established by the state. Governor Willie Obiano re-assured the displaced persons of maximum care during their stay at the holding centres.

“We shall provide all necessary items needed to ease your burdens at these centres.’’

The governor was represented by Nkem Okeke, his deputy. The governor described the havoc wrecked by the floodwaters as devastating, stressing that government was making arrangements to introduce feeding programme at the centres.

He said that the government would do all within its powers to ensure that casualties would be minimised. “There is substantial progress in resettling people, but may be not at the pace people wanted.’’ He, however, noted that current `on site assessment’ would help the state government to hasten preparations toward mitigating the devastation.

Solo Chukwulobelu, secretary to the state government, commended the federal government on recent donation of relief materials for running of the holding centres in the state.

Chukwulobelu appealed for support from development partners, individuals and organisations, so as to improve conditions at the holding centres.

Raphael Chukwuemeka, one of the displaced persons from Nzam, said that his house and the surroundings were submerged by floodwaters, saying that the situation had affected their livelihood.

Ugochukwu Nweke, a farmer from Enugu-Otu near Aguleri lamented that her crops were destroyed by the flood leaving her with nothing and called for state government’s intervention.

Some of the affected persons were in tears as they tried to relay their how the floodwaters devastated their homes, farmlands and all they worked for all their lives.

The holding centres visited include, Fr. Joseph Memorial High School, Aguleri, General Hospital, Umueri, Unity Primary School Umuoba Anam, Omambala River and Otuocha Market.

The others are Central School Odekpe, Ogbaru Local Government Secretariat, Atani and St James Church, Iyiowa Odekpe.

– Sept. 21, 2018 @ 14:05 GMT |

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