BY SUNNY DAVID
The Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state, generally known by many as the food basket of the state may soon be hit by famine because of flooding, if the community is not rescued.
This was the lamentation of the council chairman of the Area, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu at the weekend in Okpoko who told journalists that there were four holding centers in the area with 4,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) thrown out of their homes and farmlands as a result of flooding.
The council chairman said the Anambra state government had done a lot to support the flood victims “but this should not be left to the state alone because of its magnitude.”
He appealed to the federal government and donor agencies to come to the rescue of the agrarian community before the situation gets out of control.
Comrade Awogu said what the victims needed most now included yam seedlings, cassava stems and other things that would help them get back to their farming business when the flood subsided. He noted that the community highly rated for food production was at the verge facing famine, if nothing is done to mitigate it.
“We are concerned that even in the month of November, most of our homes are still submerged and it is so much so that it has caused environmental challenges to the people of Ogbaru.
“As a matter of fact, the economy of my council area has been stagnated for three months running and we don’t know how we can survive to go into the New Year.
“It is a huge concern to all of us in this part of the country. And that is why we solicit for support from the federal government and donor agencies to be able to mitigate the effect of what has befallen us,” he said.
The chairman explained that the first part of the community’s planting season had been taken over by what he described as humongous flooding which magnitude he said the community had never experienced before.