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query_builder September 13, 2018 22:31:09

By Ngozi Okoli

Ogbaru, Sept. 13, 2018 (MOI)

No fewer than 1,500 households have been forced off their homes in some parts of Ogbaru Local Government Area because of flooding ravaging the area.

This followed incessant rainfall that led to flooding of most of the LGA.

Chairman of Ogbaru LGA, Arinzechukwu Awogu said that the flooding was looking as menacing as the type that ravaged the area in 2012.

He requested the Anambra State Government to activate the centres earmarked as temporary accommodation for displaced persons so that 9,000 victims already affected could be moved there.

``We can only access people's homes by canoe because virtually most the LG are now flooded.

``The flooding started at night time and by this morning people have been scampering off the area for safety.

``The worse has yet to come as we only battling with the water released from Shiroro, Kainji and Jebba Dams.

``The Cameroons has yet release water from their dam, where we gathered that its water level has risen to dangerous levels.

``When that happens, it will be very disastrous for all of us,’’ Awogu said.

Awogu cried out that some of the designated camping site were now sand-filled, wondering how the victims will cope with the already bad situation.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have started raising alarm for people start evacuating the affected areas.

Director for Planning, Research and Forecasting (NEMA), Mr Vincent Owan and Executive Secretary, Chief C.Y. Agupogo appealed to people living with the affected areas to commence movement off the areas as more dangers lie ahead.

They assured that relief materials would be delivered to them as soon as possible. (MOI)