A man identified as Obiorah Paul Jideofor, has taken to Facebook to lament over the massive floods which has wrecked his Umueze Anam(Oboro Dike) community in Anambra West Local Government Area of the state. Houses and other buildings have been submerged by the floods – thereby restricting the movements and activities of residents in the area.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Government has urged people living in flood-prone areas of the state to relocate immediately to approved Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), Centres provided across the state.
A release by the Anambra State Government signed by the Executive Secretary, Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Paul Odenigbo said the appeal became necessary in view of raging flood already threatening lives and property of people living in coastal areas of the state.
He said the decision was arrived at after a meeting with Ministries, Institutions and Agencies involved in flood and emergency matters, chaired by Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke at the Government House, Awka.
He assured that government had since made contingency plans for 28 of such centres across the state.
He warned residents of the affected areas not to disregard the forecast on flooding by relevant agencies, saying, “People living in towns and communities within the three local government areas of Ayamelum, Anambra East and Ogbaru should move to IDP centres immediately to avoid impending devastation.
“Let us minimise our losses as homes and farmlands are already submerged under flooding, that has already overrun some communities.’’While reiterating the commitment of Government to assist the IDP’s, he assured of adequate welfare packages for the affected persons in the centres already provided.