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Over 80,000 people affected by flood in my constituency – Imo Rep

Rep Kingsley Uju-Chima representing Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta Oru Federal Constituency of Imo State, says over 80,000 people have been affected so far by flood in his…

Rep Kingsley Uju-Chima representing Ohaji/Egbema, Oguta Oru Federal Constituency of Imo State, says over 80,000 people have been affected so far by flood in his constituency while some infrastructure, including roads have been washed away.

Uju-Chima who doubles as Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Public Procurement, called for a state of emergency on the flood disaster ravaging his constituents.

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He observed that the house would not hesitate to give accelerated consideration to executive communication for funding of such emergency.

He said: “With all fairness, my place is almost in trouble now. The greater percentage of two of the local government areas of my constituency have been submerged by flood and several residents, settlements, homes, farms have been washed away by flood. The last time we had this type of flood should be in 2012.

*We never had it this bad where the flood has even cut off the road entering Rivers to Imo, precisely the Ibocha bridge which has been taken over by the flood. This afternoon, we just got information that the water has crossed Abacheke road.”

He added that the whole of Epoma (Ogada) had been sacked by flood, while several communities and settlements across the shoreline of Omachi river had been submerged. Uju-Chima restated that the level of damage caused by the flood cannot be quantified financially.

He said, “As I talk to you this afternoon, so many farms have been consumed completely, not just water but ocean has ceded most of these farms into their occupation. Considering the loss, the damage, the effect both on the GDP of my people and above all the hardship that this will actually bring to the people. I am using this medium to call on the Federal Government, the state government to come to the rescue of my people to see how they can help my people.

“We cannot fold our hands and watch our people die because of flood; I know very well that we spend so much money to curb insecurity, we spend so much money to attend to other emergencies, but this one is an emergency with a difference. This one you are not running with any of your belongings, you are running away leaving your belongings; things you suffered over years to acquire.”

While stressing the need to find lasting solutions to the recurring cases of flooding across the country, the lawmaker urged the Federal Government to re-channel water into the Atlantic Ocean whenever the Dam is opened by the neighbouring countries.

He added, “The moment you know you want to open the dam, you don’t allow other people from other areas to be at the receiving end. For the fact you know that the dam is going to be opened and the water will overflow, you find a way. As we are opening, another channel is taking up the excess water and that will empty straight into the Atlantic Ocean or any Ocean within the locality and that will put a stop to the annual crisis. We know from August, we begin to experience flooding to January, losing a lot of properties to flood.”

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