Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra on Sept. 19 inspected some Holding Centres at Atani and Odekpe, where raging floodwaters dislodged some persons in Ogbaru Local Government Area.
The governor after a three-hour assessment described the situation as a `National disaster’.
The massive flooding submerged many communities, forcing residents to relocate to temporary accommodations at some holding centres.
The flooding also destroyed farmlands and in many cases forced the farmers to prematurely harvest their crops.
The governor, who flustered, had appealed to many within the flood plains to vacate to the holding centres, where temporary accommodations had been setup to receive them.
He enjoined them to judiciously use relief materials being provided by the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, for them.
The materials include mattresses, blankets, mats, buckets and food.
Obiano expressed his government’s readiness to assist in providing more relief materials, especially food, medicare, medical supplies, electricity supply, portable water and toiletries to victims.
The governor, also urged the Ogbaru Police Division to ensure that they maintain all-round security around the victims, where they were being sheltered.
Arinzechukwu Awogu, the transition committee chairman, commended the government for timely intervention by providing relief materials, which he noted were highly appreciated by the people of Ogbaru.
Chinwe Clara Nwaebili, a former speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, thanked Obiano on behalf of her community and the entire Ogbaru communities. She enjoined the beneficiaries to use the materials wisely. Nwaebili, appealed to National Emergency Management Authority, NEMA, and other NGOs to also come to their aid, stressing that the population was increasing as the menace affect more areas.
Others present include two state lawmakers – Benson Nwawulu and Somto Udenze, Deputy Chairman, counsellors and other stakeholders in Ogbaru.
– Sept. 21, 2018 @ 14:06 GMT |