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Flood kills 3 in Ebonyi

21 September 2012, 09:13

Ebonyi - A heavy flood that occurred in some communities in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi on Thursday killed three persons and destroyed property.

The flood-affected Igbeagu, Ebia, Izzi, Ominyi, Nnodo, among others, which share boundaries  with Cross River.

The flood destroyed  houses and farmlands and rendered many residents of the affected communities homeless.

Mr Igboke Umunna, the Executive Secretary, Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed the deaths and said efforts would be made to alleviate the plight of other victims as well as check future occurrence.

The News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of the communities, Nwolozi, was cut off from its neighbours by the flood and children in the area were conveyed to school in canoes.

Some residents in the affected communities attributed the flood to persistent rainfall since August.

One of the victims, Mr Linus Ezeoru, from Ndieze, said he lost his house and all valuables.

``I don’t know where to start life again as all I toiled for since my 65 years of existence have gone,” he said.

Mr Charles Nwokpor, the Coordinator of Izzi Development Centre, said the people were devastated by the incident and appealed for assistance from government, well meaning individuals and organisations.

Onimode Bamidele, the South-East Zonal Coordinator, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), described the incident as shocking and advised residents of the affected communities to relocate to safer areas.

Bamidele was represented by Mr Ifeanyi Nnaji, the Relief Officer of the agency, during a joint assessment tour of the areas in conjunction with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).

NAN recalls that flood last week, wreaked havoc in Ikwo, the hometown of Gov. Martin Elechi, and destroyed property.



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