A woman from Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State was yesterday delivered of a set of triplets at a flood victims’ camp.
Though her identity was not revealed, it was learnt that the woman is among those camped at Fr Joseph’s Primary School in Aguleri.
The widow of the late former Senate President, Dr Chuba Okadigbo, representing Anambra North, Margery Okadigbo, relived her experience in Awka, the state capital, when she visited the office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Mrs Okadigbo, who was in tears, said she wanted to ensure that the relief materials from the Federal Government were distributed by the agency.
The senator noted that the situation in Anambra State had gone beyond party affiliation, saying it should be a collective responsibility of everybody and not the governments alone.
She said the woman at the Aguleri camp delivered a set of triplets – all boys – adding that the victims’ conditions were unbearable, especially the women.
Mrs Okadigbo said: “I am a woman, I know the pains those people are going through. Everybody has been swallowed up by the floods. This is not a good entry for me, seeing my people dying.
“I have been moving around the seven local government areas in my constituency, to ensure that the people are safe. The only local government in my area, which is still free of the floods, is Oyi. The other six are under water.
“Not only that, families are being separated as a result of the floods. Many people will die of hunger and starvation. There is a problem in the land.”
The senator said the National Assembly had called for a supplementary budget because of the problem, adding that many victims would benefit from the government’s relief package. According to her, the floods may last longer than expected.
NEMA yesterday started the distribution of materials from the Federal Government at various camps in Anambra State.
NEMA’s South East Coordinator Dr Onimode Bamdele was injured when he was evacuating the victims.