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Residents seek government intervention as flood ravages Enugu community

Residents seek government intervention as flood ravages Enugu community
October 12
15:59 2023

A group of senior journalists in the south-east known as IZUNWANNE has called on the government to intervene in the flood ravaging the Amaeke Ngwo community, Udi LGA of Enugu.

In a statement issued on Thursday by Abuchi Anueyiagu, coordinator of the group, IZUNWANNE said the government needs to save members of the community from being wiped off the face of the earth.

Anueyiagu said there is an “uncontrolled soil erosion” that is currently ravaging houses and farmlands in the community.

He said Ikechukwu Ani, a member of the police service commission (PSC), had raised an alarm over the situation.

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The coordinator said Ani had in his message to the IZUNWANNE, described the disaster as “a rage of the gods”.

“There is a disturbing rage of the gods as my community, Amaeke in Ngwo, Enugu state, goes under a terrific and disastrous flooding,” the statement reads.

“We are on our knees begging for a national/state emergency before the community is wiped out. Houses, agricultural products, business premises have been submerged in this unprecedented ecological disaster.

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“Amaeke community, an industrial haven, hosts several high tech companies including the Ama brewery plant, 7Up bottling company, Coca Cola, Aqua Rapha, major financial institutions, Sharon paints, aluminium companies etc including the legendary 9th mile corner — one of the centres of civilization in Nigeria.”

He said the group has been pleading for intervention from the public and private sectors to no avail.

“Please, Amaeke community needs attention now from both government and the private sector”, the statement reads.

Many communities in several parts of the country have been bemoaning flood disasters that continue to negatively impact food production.

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President Bola Tinubu has inaugurated a committee to develop an immediate action plan to combat flooding.

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