Federal Poly submerged, thousands flee homes in Anambra

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By VINCENT UJUMADU, Awka

THE Atani campus of the Federal Polytechnic, Oko has completely been submerged by the menacing flood that is ravaging five local government areas in the state, necessitating immediate evacuation of the about 3000 students and staff of the institution to safer places, just as most parts of Oba, Ofemili in Awka North local government area of Anambra State had also been flooded.

Rector of Oko Federal Polytechnic, Prof Godwin Onu, has already deployed 10 coaster buses to the school, which had been evacuating the students and their properties, while hundreds of families in the institution’s host community of Atani sacked by the menacing flood have been moving out of the town. Other parts of Atani town and neighbouring Akili, Osuche, Osomala, Ogbakuba, among others, are seriously under threat of flood.

Apart from the buildings that were submerged, properties of the polytechnic, including generating sets, office furniture and documents were destroyed.

The menacing flood had seriously affected most of the communities in Ogbaru, prompting farmers in the area to harvest crops that were not mature.

At Oba Ofemili in Awka North local government, it was a pathetic story yesterday when Saturday Vanguard visited the community as flooding in the area, which began four days ago, had rendered hundreds of people homeless.

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