The heavy downpour that occurred over the weekend in Ameachera, Ezeke Community of Amasiri in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has unleashed untold hardship on the people of the area.
The downpour, which was reported to have lasted over 8 hours, resulted in the flooding in the Community as over 2500 residents and properties worth millions of naira including farmlands and livestocks were affected in the natural disaster.
An eyewitness and a resident of the Community who spoke with Punchynews, Mr. Ogbonnaya Mbe revealed that some of the youths in the community assisted the victims to ensure that the flood did not destroy their documents and other valuables.
Mbe stated that the youths also assisted in scooping water from the houses of the victims while others watched helplessly as the flood continued to surge uncontrollably into buildings.
According to him, apart from the houses and religious centers, farmlands stretching more than 2 kilometers were submerged by flood.
“The over 2500 persons who were displaced are now taking refuge in the homes of other family members who were not affected.”
“The flooding was hypertensive due to lack of drainage system in the community, the numerous mining activities going on in the place and the hilly nature of the area as the flood runs down from the hills and as a result caused the few drainages in the area to become over flooded.
Mbe said that though no life was lost due to the flood, the people are currently going through pains as their household appliances, lifestocks and farmlands were completely destroyed by the disaster. He urged the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA and State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to come to the rescue of the victims.
“It is no longer something that should not be expected yearly because it has become a regular occurrence. We had expected that the relevant authorities should have opened up the drainages in the Community for the waters to have a channel.
“Unfortunately, that’s where we have our farmlands and our livestock. The idea of each time the flood occurs, rice and cash donation would be made to the displaced persons without addressing the main problem of opening up the place for water to find its level”.
One of the victims, Mr. Emmanuel Okonba said, “The flood displaced many families. Many houses were submerged. People are making frantic effort to save some of their properties. Since the incident occured, the people had to abandon their houses. We are urging the State and Local Government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
“When you go round the community, you will weep for the people, the more you try to stop the flood from entering the houses, the more it comes heavier. We seriously need assistance. It is a natural disaster and we didn’t know it will cause this level of havoc.
“I must commend the people because they were of great help to us as they mobilized themselves to assist us save some of our properties.”
When Contacted, the Coordinator, Amasiri Development Center, Mrs. Ngozi Chika Ezeugo said that the Development Center has taken count of all the properties, households, farmlands and livestocks destroyed by the flood and has also written to the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, for assistance.
She expressed confidence that the State Government soon provide Succour to the affected persons.