Houses Submerged As Flood Ravages Anambra Communities

Flood displaces over 20,000 families in Anambra

By: Agosu ‘Tayo

It will be recalled that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) warned at the inception of the year of massive flooding along the coastal states, little did residents of Anambra State imagine the extent of flooding that has now hit some local government areas of the state.

The disaster wrecked so much havoc in Anambra West Local Government Area where houses were submerged as the flood took over farmlands in the area crippling the people commercially. Schools in the area have also had to go on emergency vacation as a result of the flooding as residents relocate to safer areas

The water level rose following recent downpour and the opening of the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon.

From the Onitsha Marine axis of the River Niger to Anambra West, the joint assessment team of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) noted that the extent of flooding and devastation along the Omambala Riverbank.

Meanwhile, the Transition Committee Chairman of Anambra West Local Government Area, Felix Ikechi, said the challenge was a recurring problem experienced in 2012, 2019 and again this year, a NEMA official said all hands are on deck to help the affected people.


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