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Reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates has it that about four out of the 10 villages in Igbariam, Anambra East Local Government Area, have been so far been submerged by flood.
Igbariam which is an agrarian community located along riverine areas of the state, experience flooding every year. This usually occurs when either Omabala or Ezu River over flow their banks.
Many houses in places such as Anekwem, Ogugu-Etiti, Ubaru, Obidi and foculary/Catholic zone are underwater.
Amanasa Primary School and some part of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Parish, Igbariam, have also been submerged, according to residents.
Some persons who evacuated their buildings amidst tears, bemoaned the destruction of their farmlands, livestock and other sources of income and livelihood.
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The villagers also lamented the speed at which the flood was moving.
The President General, Igbariam Progress Union, Dr Chris Ofokansi, expressed shock over the devastation of the flood in the villages.
He called on government to dredge the River Niger so that when dams are opened to release excess water, major rivers in the country can still contain the water.
According to Ofokansi, IPU would do all- things within its reach to shelter the displaced people.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has sought the support of governments at all levels, agencies, and individuals to tackle flooding currently ravaging some parts of the country, including the state.
Soludo pointed out that the flood water emanated and surged from Cameroon, asking the Federal Government to dialogue with the government of Cameroon with a view to proffering lasting solutions.
He made the call on Thursday when he visited the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps set up for flood victims in Onitsha North Local Government Area, while also receiving displaced persons from Anambra West and IDP camps at Umuoba Anam and Ekpe Nneyi, Umueri in Anambra East Local Government Area.