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Landslide leaves 150 people homeless in Anambra

15 June 2012, 13:30

 Awka - A landslide, which occurred in Oko Community of Anambra, has left more than 150 people homeless.

The executive secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr Nwabufo Ijezie, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Awka.

He said that 15 buildings belonging to the affected people caved in as a result of the disaster, displacing and rendering them homeless, but that no lives were lost.

Ijezie, who described the magnitude of the landslide in the area as very high, said the state government in conjunction with the federal government would intervene to curtail its destructive effects.

"We are intervening in the active, but deteriorating effect of landslide in Oko, which magnitude is very high,” he said.

The executive secretary explained that the state Governor, Mr Peter Obi, and some state and National Assembly lawmakers had visited the area to assess the extent of damage caused by the landslide.

Ijezie said that the visit would afford the legislators the opportunity to know the plight of the people and come up with the kind of legislation to address their helpless condition.

He said that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had been informed about the tragedy and that efforts were being intensified to resettle the victims by building modest houses for them.

The executive secretary said that building materials such as roofing sheets, planks, roofing nails, bed sheets and food items had been purchased for distribution to the displaced people.

Ijezie announced that the landslide had also occurred in Obosi, Nanka, Ozobulu and other communities of the state.

He expressed appreciation to the various stakeholders both individuals and corporate organisations that assisted the state during disasters.


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