Awka - The Assemblies of God Church on Tuesday in Awka donated various relief materials to flood victims in Anambra State through the state government.
The items were 50 bags of rice, 20 bags of semovita and five rolls of toilet tissues which were presented by Rev. Francis Ude, the team leader and Onitsha District Superintendent of the church.
Ude said the items contributed by the Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi districts, were to compliment efforts by the government to alleviate the plight of the victims.
"We are here to identify with our brothers and sisters affected by the recent flood disaster and to complement the efforts of the state government and individuals.
"Our prayer is that God will console them and restore back all they lost," Ude said.
Responding on behalf of the government, Mrs Azuka Enemo, the Commissioner for Local Government, said that at the height of the flood, victims were camped in 24 settlements.
Enemo recalled that Anambra East, Anambra West and Ogbaru local government areas were totally submerged by the flood while Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Ayamelum, Idemili North and Awka North council areas suffered devastation of farm lands and produce.
"Our government was proactive by moving down to the places asking the victims to evacuate to the camps where we housed and fed them and ensured their heath and education were not affected," she said.
However, she noted that the internally-displaced persons had already returned to their various homes to commence second phase of farming season since the flood started to recede.
"Our greatest challenge now is their resettlement even though the government did not approve of their going back," Enemo said.
The commissioner assured the team of transparency in the distribution of the items and appealed to individuals and groups to show support to the victims.