The Federal Government has sent a team to Anambra State to assess the extent of damage caused by flood was declared the state as the worst hit among the 14 states affected.
Speaking through Minister of Environment, Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafa, while touring affected local government areas in the state, the team, which also has Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, Minister of State for Works, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA,) and the Minister of Environment as members, said that Anambra was situated at the lowest point of the River Niger and therefore greatly affected by the flood.
The team commended state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi for his efforts to assist the victims. The Minister of Aviation, whose house alongside that of a former Minister, Prince John Emeka; former Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Prince Chinedu Emeka; Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly,
Hon. Princess Chinwe Nwebili; Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Oselloka Obaze, among others were submerged by the flood, said that the situation was clearly beyond human comprehension. She thanked Governor Obi for his relentless efforts to offer assistance and support to the affected communities and assured that the Federal Government would come to the state’s aid.
The minister said that while in other communities, houses and farmlands were destroyed, multi-billion naira industries, including the three industries President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned on August 30, when he visited the state, are currently under water.
Conducting the team round the flooded areas, some of which they visited in a helicopter, Governor Obi said that four local government areas of Anambra West, Ayamelum, Anambra East and Ogbaru were completely submerged in water. He said that four others, Awka North, Ihiala, Onitsha North and Onitsha South suffered various degrees of destruction.