Residents of Umuzu community in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anamba state have appealed to relevant State Government Agencies to come to their aid, following the death of a member of the community due to the ravaging floodwaters.
Christopher Okwuosa, Chairman of `Children of Farmers Club’, Umuzu Community, Ogbaru Local Government Area, said that residents of the community were trapped at the moment as a result of flooding.
The chairman while narrating the ugly situation to newsmen in Awka confirmed the death of an indigene – Luke Anulubu – who died during a boat mishap.
His boat had capsized with no one in sight to rescue him.
“So far, we have lost one person, who died on his way back from his farm. His boat capsized and he drowned in the river.
Items worth not less than N15million have been destroyed, including fish ponds, cages, agricultural produce belonging to various co-operative groups under FADAMA with 50 hectares of land in the community,’’ he added.
The community leader mentioned some cooperative groups whose agricultural produce were affected to include, Ikedi, Onyedikachi, Chioma, Ofuobi and Okwundu.
According to him, they could not access the nearest Holding Centre, located at Ochuche Community, which is about 10 kilometres away.
“It is regrettable that there have not been any intervention measures to rescue those trapped by the floodwaters.
“There is no holding centre in the community and this is worrisome to the people.
“There is a holding centre in Ochuche Community but it is about 10 kilometres from Umuzu, it is very far from us,’’ he said.
While appealing for government and relevant agencies’ support, he said rescue operation could be effected through Okija, a neighbouring community, which had yet to be affected by the ravaging flood.
“We are calling on the state government and other agencies to come and rescue the community to avoid loss of more lives.
“They should also be provided with relief materials. There is also the need to include them in the computation for compensation as soon as the floodwaters receded,’’ Okwuosa said.
He said his organisation, Children of Farmers Club was ready to provide humanitarian and support services to help to rescue people trapped by the floodwaters.
Okwuosa, then, pleaded for provision of items such as life jackets and boats by the government to help in rescue effort.