BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—Two persons have been reportedly drowned, while over 8,000 persons have been dislodged from their homes, as the flood ravaging Oguta continues unabated.
Traditional ruler of the community, Eze Nnani Nzeribe, disclosed this when the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, paid an unscheduled visit to the flood ravaged community at the weekend.
According to the royal father, fish ponds, cocoa plantation, farm lands, several hectares of cassava, plantain, and over 123 farm settlements are currently submerged.
Eze Nzeribe lamented that all the riverine areas, including Oguta, Orsu, Nnebukwu, Egbema, Orsu Obodo, Opuoma, Ezi Orsu were now under water.
The monarch said: “Over 1,000 homes have been sacked in Oguta, including the home of Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development Commission, Mr. Ernest Nwapa, and the bridge connecting Oguta and Egbuoma, the home of the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Anwuka, has been submerged.”
Noting that this same bridge leads to Senator Arthur Nzeribe’s home, the traditional ruler equally said the ferry had ceased to function because landing ramp was now under water.
Responding, Chief Ihedioha expressed shock over the extent of damage and promised that he would contact the agencies of federal government for necessary action.
Ihedioha said: “I am happy that Oguta people started addressing the natural disaster instead of rioting. The Federal Government would do its part to ensure that the people have relief.
“Flood is now a national issue. All the remedies put in place would get to the affected communities.”