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Abia Floods: Senate Calls For Immediate Relief Measures

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In a bid to alleviate the suffering of flood-affected communities, the Senate has called on the executive arm of government and its agencies to take immediate action.

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and other relevant ministries have been tasked with providing emergency assistance to the Abia North Senatorial District.

The Senate’s plea comes after devastating floods swept through communities in Bende, Ohafia, and Arochukwu Local Government Areas, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The ecological fund office and the Federal Ministry of Environment and Ecological Management have been directed to assess the damage and take necessary steps to rebuild affected areas.

Furthermore, the Federal Ministries of Housing and Urban Development, as well as Power, have been urged to rehabilitate damaged homes, roads, and electric installations.

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To ensure accountability, the Senate has assigned two committees to oversee compliance and report back within four weeks.

The call to action was led by Senator Kalu, who highlighted the devastating impact of the floods on infrastructure, agriculture, and livelihoods.

The senator expressed concern for the victims, particularly rural dwellers, artisans, and farmers, who are now struggling to access basic necessities.

The Senate observed a moment of silence to honor the lives lost in the flooding incident.

All senators who contributed to the motion supported the proposed measures, which were approved by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau Jibrin.

The floods in Abia North have destroyed crops, waterlogged fields, and disrupted supply chains, leading to severe food shortages.

Farmers face economic ruin, with their livelihoods and communities at risk. Immediate relief and long-term support are critical to rebuild infrastructure, provide seeds and equipment, and implement climate-smart practices for future resilience.

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