The National Emergency Management Agency has confirmed the death of one Ginikanwa Izuoba in the Enugu-Otu, Aguleri flood. The Acting State Coordinator of the agency in Anambra, Mr. Thickman Tanimu, confirmed the incident in Awka on Saturday.
Tanimu said that Izuoba died when his house collapsed due to the impact of the flood. He also said that at least 651,053 persons in six local government areas of the state had so far been displaced by flooding.
Tanimu said that the agency had assessed flooding in different parts of the state. He said that Ogbaru had the highest number of victims with 286,000 persons.
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 (SESonomaad visited Umueze-Anam, Mkpun, and, Umunteze, Igbedo, Sonoma Ifite-Ogwari in Anambra East, and Anyamelum LGAs.
“The assessment team observed that centered have submerged houses, far, lands, schools, health centers, police stations, churches, and other critical infrastructure.
“We did the assessment tour with a boat because the access roads to the communities have been submerged by flood water,” he said.
Tanimu commended Anambra SEMA for taking some proactive measures to mitigate the impact of the disaster.
Some of the measures, he said, included the identification of 13, IDP camps, recruitment of camp managers and support staff, and activation of health workers to work with people in the camps.
He listed the camps so far activated to include the Ifite-Ogwari and Igbakwu Health Centres.