Flood Wrecks Community, Over 2500 Persons Displaced

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Over 2500 persons have been displaced at Ameachera, Ezeke Community, Amasiri, Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi State following a heavy downpour on Saturday which lasted for about 8 hours.

The flood, which sacked more than 2500 residents of the area, destroyed properties worth millions of naira alongside farmlands and livestocks.

A resident of the community, Ogbonnaya Mbe, said apart from houses and churches, more that two kilometres of farmland was submerged.

Mr Mbe attributed the flooding to lack of drainage system in the community, numerous mining activities and the hilly nature of the area as flood water often runs downhill to damage properties in the area.

He said no life was lost in the disaster. He urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to come to the rescue of the victims.

One of the victims, Emmanuel Okonba, said, “Over 1000 houses were submerged. People are making frantic effort to save some of their properties. We are urging the state and local governments to find a lasting solution to the problem.

The Coordinator, Amasiri Development Centre, Ngozi Ezeugo, said that the centre had taken count of all the properties, households, farmlands and livestock affected and has written to the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA for assistance.

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