By Chinyere Nwoye
Awka, Dec. 22, 2020 (MOI) In a bid to cushion the effects of the 2020 flooding in Anambra, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) with State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) distributed relief materials to some victims.
The flag off/distribution of the materials, which took place at SEMA office, Awka had in attendance President-Generals (PGs), Women leaders and Youths Leaders from four Local Government Areas (LGAs) — Ogbaru, Ayamelum, Anambra East and West.
The items distributed include bags of rice, beans, garri, gallons of vegetable oil, bags of salt, seasonings, cartons of tin tomatoes, pasta, bags of sugar, mosquito nets, blankets, body towels, detergents and cakes of soap.
Other items are diaper kits, sanitary pads, women, children and men’s clothing, sets of cooking pots, stoves, bags of cement and roofing sheets.
NEMA Zonal coordinator, Mr Fred Anusim represented by Mr Kingsley Okolo noted that the floodwaters also occurred in some other states of the country and displaced thousands and destroyed property worth millions of Naira.
He said that the responsiveness of the Federal Government on the plight of affected persons had been prompt and encouraging.
“We have since received approval of relief items from the Federal Government and Director-General of NEMA that is why we have brought all these materials here today.
“Please, note that the relief materials are not to replace what you lost during the flood but to cushion the effect of the incident, even though it has become perennial.’’
Mr Anusim advised persons living in flood-prone areas to adhere to early warnings and signs, so as to avert the dangers of flooding.
He commended Anambra State Government for its timely intervention and assistance to affected persons saying it was important that SEMA be funded for greater results.
The Zonal Coordinator, then, advised that the distribution of the relief materials be transparently handled so as to reach those that actually need them.
President General, Odekpe Community, Vincent Uke and Women Leader of Akili Ozuzu community, Mrs Florence Onyiam thanked NEMA and SEMA for always coming to their aid.
They pleaded with the government to assist the communities with farm inputs such as rice seedlings and cassava stems ahead of the next planting season. (MOI)