Abia Flood victims begs FG for help Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia



Victims of flood disaster in three Nkoporo Communities in Ohafia Local Government of Abia state has called on the Federal and state government to come to their rescue.

It was gathered that over 98 houses were submerged by the flood on September 5,2019 when a river flowing across the affected communities of Agaja, Okwoko and Ukwa over flowed its bank rendering many indigenes home less.

The victims who were seen bemoaning their fate on Thursday when senator Mao Ohuabunwa, visited the communities
urged the Federal government to dredge the river to prevent such disaster from repeating itself again.

Speaking during a town hall meeting with the senator, a community leader Mr James Ndukwe, revealed that the flood disaster had continued unattended to for many years.

He pointed out that the communities had been experiencing major flooding after every three years, adding the recent occurrence caused the highest damage ever recorded in the history of flooding in
 the area.

He said, "we are calling on the Federal government to send the National Emergency management Agency to come to the aid of the victims of the flood disaster who had been rendered home less with relief materials.

"we are also urging the Federal government to dredge the river to allow ease flow of water to ensure that this menace would not repeat itself again".

Speaking while consoling the victims, Ohuabunwa, said the situation was pitiable and demands to be treated as a matter of urgent public importance.

He lamented that if he were sitting in the flour of the Senate he could have raised motions that would make the relevant agencies in charge of emergency situations in the Nigeria to act fast and bring help to the victims.

Ohuabunwa, who donated some relief materials and cash to the flood victims also assured them that he would use his contacts to bring both the Federal and state governments to their help.

Ohuabunwa, is currently challenging the  election of Chief Orji Kalu, who contested on the platform of the All Progressive Congress as the senator presenting the Abia North senatorial district.

The National and state Houses of Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Umuahia had  granted his prayer that a supplementary election should be conducted to complete the election in the district last month.

The tribunal held that the number of registered voters in places where election results were cancelled and places where election did not hold can change the out come of poll.

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