Sunday 30th April, 2017
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Flood threatens 10 Anambra communities

Flood threatens 10 Anambra communities

Except urgent steps are taken by both the Federal and the Anambra State Govern­ments, 10 communities in Anambra East and Anam­bra West Local govern­ment areas may be swept away by flood.
Already, the waterways are blocked by water hya­cinth which makes it im­possible for speed boats to travel on the affected communities.
The situation has com­pelled the Association of Anambra State Town Unions to call on the Na­tional Emergency Man­agement Agency (NEMA) and the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assist in clearing the waterways of riverine areas in Anam­bra East and Anambra West councils of water hyacinth to enable them evacuate to upland areas.
ASATU made the ap­peal during its September monthly general meeting at the association’s Secre­tariat.
The water hyacinth cov­ers a stretch of some 40km on the Ezichi /Oda Rivers waterways from Eziagulu Otu Aguleri through oth­er coastal communities of Mmiata Anam, Umuoba Abegbu Anam , Iyiora Anam to Umueze Anam.
According to the Na­tional President of ASA­TU, Dr JAP Okolo the people could not come out because of the inabili­ty of boats to move on the weeds which have taken over waterways.
He gave the names of the troubled commu­nities as Eziagulu-Otu Aguleri, Mmiata Anam, Umuoba Abagbu, Iy­iora Anam and Umueze Anam.
“People of Anambra East and West cannot come out and they need the intervention of the SEMA and NEMA to be able to be evacuated.
ASATU declared its support for the zoning of the governor in Anambra State to the North Sena­torial District zone in the 2017 gubernatorial elec­tion to reduce tension in the polity.

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