By Anayo Okoli
Umuahiaâ€”HUNDREDS of people have been rendered homeless in Amaekpu Item of Bende Local Government Area of Abia State, following the rainstorm that destroyed about 80 houses in the community. Economic trees and other property valued at about N200 million were also destroyed by the severe storm.
However, no life was lost in the disaster which ravaged the sleepy community last week.
Inspecting the extent of damage at Item, Special Adviser, Aba Liaison to Governor Orji, Chief Joseph Ogwo declared the area a disaster zone on account of the huge damage the community suffered. Ogwo, who said he was at the community as the Governorâ€™s aide, added that he will make his report to the Governor.
He assured the people that help from the state government would come to them, pointing out that he had never seen that kind of destruction in any place in the country.
â€œThe Governor has a listening ear and I assure you that government will find a way to help those whoseÂ houses were destroyed by the rainstorm,â€ Ogwo assured.
Ogwo, however, called on the officials of Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN,Â to hasten action and re-fix some of itsÂ poles and wires destroyed by the rain- storm,Â so as to save the residents of the community.
The Governorâ€™s aide thanked God that no life was lost in the disaster, in view ofÂ the massive destructions and attributed it to the grace of God.
In his remark, the traditional ruler of the Amaekpu Item, Eze Nelson Agwu,Â thanked the Governorâ€™s aide for his visit. According to him, 65 of the 80 damaged houses were severely affected. He disclosed that the storm destroyed houses, farms, economic trees and schools, including the country home of the Methodist Arch Bishop of Umuahia Diocese, Rev. Sunday Agwu.