Sigh of relief as Ohuabunwa gives succour to Nkporo flood victims
By Steve Oko
Respite has come the way of victims of flood disaster in Nkporo clan, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.
Some communities in Nkporo have recently been sacked by flood which left scores of folks homeless.
The affected communities include Agbaja, Okwoko and Ukwa.
But moved by the plight of the victims, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa visited the affected communities with relief materials and cash to mitigate their pains.
Ohuabunwa who donated relief materials including mattresses, cash and food items expressed shock over the level of devastatiion by the flood.
He sympathised with the victims and promised to help them get more aids.
The former Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament called on the National Emergency Management Agency to quickly come to the rescue of the victims, describing their conditions as very pathetic.
Ohuabunwa who applauded the State Government for sending the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, for temporary intervention called on the Federal Government to quick step in.
Responding, the Ezeogo of Okwoko community, Chief Reuben Kalu, thanked Ohuabunwa for identifying with them, describing him as a true lover of Nkporo clan.
The people prayed for Ohuabunwa’s return to the Senate, lamenting his absence at the red chamber which according to them, has is a big misfortune to the entire senatorial district.
Meanwhile the people have called for the dredging of Iroyi River that passed through the communities.
The river had overflown its banks following a heavy rain fall that lasted for several hours in the agrarian communities.
Over 97 houses were washed away and property worth millions of Naira lost in the disaster that has rendered many locals homeless.
The affected communities are yet to recover from the tragedy .
One of the community leaders, Chief Agu Ogba said that the devastation by the flood was unprecedented since the history of the communities, and called for quick federal and state interventions to mitigate the ordeals of the victims.
He said that though no human life was lost, the value of property including houses lost during the incident was inestimable.
According to him the only permanent solution to the triennial phenomenon is the dredging of Iroyi River which passed through the communities and petered into the Atlantic Ocean via Afikpo.
Corroborating his narration , the President General of Ukwa community, Chief James Ndukwe, said Iroyi River overflowed its banks every three years but noted that this year’s incident was unprecedented.
He appealed to governments to quickly come to the rescue of the victims particularly an 87 -year -old woman whose house was completely washed away by the flood.