Some communities in Anambra West Local Government Area have been hit by the flood which reportedly submerged houses, destroyed farmlands as well as household items.
The Chairman of the Council Area, Chief Simon Onuora, told newsmen in Nzam near Onitsha on Friday that the communities affected were Umuikwu Anam, Oroma Etiti, Umuemyi Anam, Umueze Anam, Umuoba Anam, Umiata Anam, Olumbanasa and Umudiora Anam.
He said the economic and social activities of the residents had been put on hold due to the flooding, adding that farmlands, crops, school buildings and educational infrastructure as well as household property worth millions of naira have been destroyed.
“We are not only mindful of what is destroyed already but how to take care of the feeding, shelter, hygiene and Medicare of the thousands of our people displaced,” Onuora said.
“The current development is beyond what we can handle as a grassroots’ government; the destruction could be put to the tune of N500 million, but we are making efforts to ensure that the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross Society take a trip to this area and see things for themselves.
The Chairman called on the government and humanitarian agencies to come to their rescue.
In the same vein, the traditional ruler of Umiata Anam, Igwe Sylvester Nnose, appealed to philanthropists to come to the rescue of the people.
“The situation is pathetic and deserves urgent and immediate attention, especially to stem the loss of lives due to hunger and lack of hygiene.”
Nnose said the truth is that what they are experiencing now can be likened to that of 2012 flood experience.
“I want to use this medium to call on governments, corporate bodies, groups, faith-based organisations and philanthropists to intervene as quickly as possible,” the traditional ruler added.