National Emergency Management Agency NEMA Confirms One Dead, 651,000 Displaced In Anambra Flood
The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the accidental death of one Ginikanwa Izuoba in the Enugu-Otu, Aguleri flood.
Mr Thickman Tanimu, the agency’s Acting State Coordinator in Anambra, confirmed the incident in Awka on Saturday.
Tanimu stated that Izuoba died when his house collapsed due to the flood’s impact.
He also stated that flooding had displaced at least 651,053 people in the state’s six local government areas.
Tanimu stated that the agency had conducted a flood assessment in various parts of the state.
He claimed that Ogbaru had the most victims, with 286,000 people.He said that Anambra West and East Local Government Areas followed with 237,000 and 103,000 victims, respectively.
He said that Awka North LGA had 10,345 victims, while Ayamelum had 9,240 flood cases with 5,468 displaced persons.
Tanimu said that NEMA, accompanied by officials of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpunando, Umunteze, Igbedo, Inoma Ifite-Ogwari in Anambra East and Anyamelum LGAs.
“The assessment team observed that the flood has submerged houses, farmlands, schools, health centres, police stations, churches and other critical infrastructure.
“We have reported our findings to the management of the agency and based on that, they can now deploy relief materials as appropriate.”
He listed clothing, diapers, bedding, sanitary materials and food items, amongst others as part of the relief materials.
“We once again advise villagers to move to the holding camps to avert further loss of lives,” Tanimu said.