Over 50 families displaced as flood sacks Ebonyi community

(*50*)Over 50 families had been displaced final week when flood sacked Oferekpe community within the Ikwo Native Authorities Space of Ebonyi State.

(*50*)The flood, which was brought on by persistent rainfall within the space, has pressured the families to take refuge in neighbouring communities.

(*50*)The flood catastrophe in Oferekpe is claimed to have been compounded by the community’s proximity to the Oferekpe River which is between Ebonyi and the neighbouring Cross River State.

(*50*)The community has been abandoned, whereas affected individuals are calling for assist from the federal government, organisations, and people.

(*50*)When a PREMIUM TIMES reporter visited the community on Sunday, individuals had been seen utilizing canoes to cross the flood water to fend for his or her day by day wants.

(*50*)Others improvised a canoe utilizing logs of wooden. There have been others who walked into the water as a result of they may not afford the price of being ferried in a ship.

(*50*)Leaders of the community and the affected residents, whereas describing the state of affairs as insufferable, urged the state authorities to come back to their assist by dredging the Oferekpe River to stop one other surge.

(*50*)Joseph Eworo, one of many leaders in Oferekpe, expressed worries over the event. He mentioned the state of affairs has uncovered them to intense hardship.

(*50*)Mr Eworo mentioned the community had skilled flooding prior to now years, however that it had not been this dangerous.

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(*50*)He mentioned many homes had been submerged.

(*50*)Mr Eworo referred to as for fast intervention by related authorities businesses to ease the struggling of the residents.

(*50*)One other community chief, Stanley Ojikwa, mentioned the 2 affected villages, Akpoha and Ebora, had been abandoned as a result of extreme flooding that destroyed many homes.

(*50*)The state of affairs, he mentioned, was worsened by the surge of the Oferekpe River. He mentioned unusual snakes had been attacking those that made efforts to return to their homes.

(*50*)A youth within the community, Juaz Idoko, mentioned the state of affairs has pressured them out of their farms.

(*50*)In response to him, the farmers should both swim or use canoes to entry their farms to reap a few of their farms’ produce like yam, potatoes and cassava for sustenance.

(*50*)“Since this flood began, now we have not had our regular lives again. Most of us have been carrying the identical garments for a couple of week now as a result of others had been washed away by flood.

(*50*)“We even discover it troublesome to maneuver out as a result of we don’t need starvation to kill us.

(*50*)“We want the help of the Ebonyi State Authorities and different well-meaning people as a result of this struggling is an excessive amount of for us. This (pointing to the river) Oferekpe River wants consideration,” he mentioned.

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