Flood ravages 46 communities in Abia, kills 2

According to an official of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) heavy flooding has devastated at least 46 communities in Abia, killing two children.

Mr Sunny Jackson, the Head, Planning, Forecasting and Operations of the agency, made this known to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Umuahia on Monday.

Jackson said that the children drowned when flood submerged their home in Akoli Ohazu Autonomous Community in Aba South Local Government Area (LGA) sometime in July.

The children died when the flood surged into their house drowning them while their mother tried to secure their property.

Jackson further said that the 46 affected communities cut across 13 local government areas of the state and that Aba South Local Government area topped the list with 11 communities.

He said that Aba North came second, followed by Obingwa, Osisioma and Ugwunagbo council areas.

“Some residents of the affected communities can no longer access their homes because their houses had been completely submerged.

“Some of the communities have been cut off from their neighbours because flood has washed off their roads.”

He said that the situation in Abia confirmed the predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMeT) and Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency about flooding this year.

According to him, Abia is one of the states that received alert about the impending flooding in the country this year.

Jackson also expressed delight that Abia was among the 16 states slated to benefit from the N1.6 billion Federal Government Flood Intervention Fund.

 

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