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No fewer than 5,000 persons have been displaced from their homes in Anambra, Governor Willie Obiano has stated.
He also said four of the 21 council areas of the state have been taken over by floods.
Disclosing these to State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, Obiano said he had sought Federal Government’s assistance in helping the affected.
The Governor said he briefed Buhari on the level of works going on at the Second Niger Bridge, saying works had recently slowed down on the construction work, owing to the rising level of the water.
According to him: ‘Four of my local governments, that is four out of 21, are under water now as we speak because of this flood and it affected a lot of things, properties which include farm produce and what have you.’
‘So, I called on Mr. President to assist us at this very crucial time being a COVID time and now, the flood we are experiencing this time around is like 2012 which is terrible. So, he promised to do something immediately.’
‘We have over 5,000 people displaced and we already prepared some receptacles where received the displaced people.’
‘But they will need help now and also need help when the water is receding because they lost their properties, which majorly including their produce nor harvested before this flood creeped in.’
‘I believe Mr. President will be able to assist us to be able to support these families that have been displaced in this manner’, he said.
Speaking on the developments around the ongoing Second Niger Bridge project, the Governor said: ‘I did also apprise him on the progress so far made on the second Niger Bridge. If you watch from their side, you will see that almost half of that bridge has been done.’
‘But because the water level is very high, the contractor working in that bridge requires some equipment which they’ve already purchased long ago sitting in Germany and requires some support from Central Bank to be able to bring in those equipment. I did mention that to him and the President noted that and said he will do something about that.’
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