We’re worse hit by flood, says Anambra LG boss
From left: Transition Chairman, Ogbaru Local Government Area, Comrade Arinze Awogu, wife of Governor of Anambra State, Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano with others from the state government.
By Sunny A. David, Onitsha
The Chairman, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, Mr. Arinze Awogu, has described the local government as the worse hit by the recent flood disaster that ravaged most riverine areas of the country.
Mr. Awogu explained that of all those living along the River Niger, Kainji Dam and Shiroro Dam, Ogbaru local government which has 16 communities, out of which 13 are located along the River Niger area, recorded as high as 11,180 Internally displaced Persons.
The Council Chairman stated this when members of the Onitsha Federated Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists paid him a courtesy call in his office at Atani.
He further explained that about 23 women were delivered of their new born babies, out of which five of them were delivered through caesarean sessions.
Thankfully, the flood has receded to the river bank and the victims have all gone home and are beginning to pick up the pieces of their lives again.
However, the people of Ogbaru Local Government Area have not forgotten the care they received from the Anambra State government which helped in lessening the difficulties of the seven weeks that the flood tormented the people.
Mr. Awogu said that the people of Ogbaru applauded the timely response to the disaster by Governor Willie Obiano in mobilizing relief materials and food items for the 110, 080 flood affected persons scattered in the seven holding centres and clusters as well as hard to reach communities where the victims were taking refuge.
The Council Boss also commended the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Security Agencies, the National Emergency Management Agency, the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, the media, faith based organizations, NGOs and public spirited individuals that also assisted in arresting the humanitarian challenge posed by the flood and said that the people of Ogbaru are eternally grateful for their help.