Flood victims in riverine areas of Anambra State, notably Umueze Anam neighborhood of Anambra West Native Authorities Space have cried out for assist, saying they now sleep on bridges within the space.
This follows the sack of your entire communities by flood.
Houses, markets and farmlands have reportedly been submerged by flood, displacing indigenes.
DAILY POST reporter who took a tour of the submerged space discovered that indigenes of the realm have fallen into extreme hardship following the destruction of their properties and farms.
In Anambra East LGA, a preferred riverside market; Otuocha market was completely submerged by water, with no roofs of retailers available in the market seen.
Merchants who spoke to DAILY POST lamented that almost all of their wares had been nonetheless of their outlets after they resumed for enterprise final week and located that the market was now an enormous physique of water.
Mr Anthony Okeke, a bread provider mentioned, “I got here very early to the market to search out out that my store has been submerged. You recognize, bread shouldn’t be one thing you may retrieve as soon as water touches it. This one I’m promoting now are bread equipped to me on credit score. We’re calling on the federal government to come back to our support, assist us with loans, so we are able to begin afresh. You see we now commerce on the primary highway.”
In Umueze Anam and Mmiata Anam in Anambra West LGA, each communities, that are neighbours to one another, have been divided by water. For Umueze Anam, your entire neighborhood is presently below water, with no exception.
A sufferer, Mr John Okoye mentioned “We now sleep on the rooftop of our buildings, for many who have storey buildings, and it’s important to preserve your canoe useful for emergency motion, whereas others sleep on the newly constructed Umueze Anam bridge, which additionally serves as each residence and markets for the sale of our meals crop.
“I’m a canoe operator. I’ve despatched my household away, however for me, I sleep on the bridge right here, similar for different members of the neighborhood. As soon as it’s late, we begin making preparations concerning the area we are going to sleep on the bridge.”
He lamented that flooding has change into a yearly incidence for them, urging the federal and state authorities to come back to their support. He denied receiving a previous warning concerning the flood from the state authorities, or any relocation plan.
Makes an attempt to talk with the chairman of the Anambra East LGA, Barr Obi Nweke over plans to relocate the displaced folks was not potential as he was mentioned to not have arrived at his workplace on the time of the go to.
Nevertheless, an official of the council space who spoke to me on circumstances of anonymity mentioned it was not true that the indigenes weren’t alerted.
“The chairman saved shouting it to them for months now. NIMET (Nigeria Meteorological Company) had since early this 12 months predicted that there can be flood this 12 months and that Anambra can be among the many states. We have now been shouting it and likewise created IDP camps, so how can they are saying they didn’t hear.
“The reality is that these persons are used to the water, so whilst you’re feeling for them, they see it as nothing.”