By ENYIM ENYIM
ONITSHA—Anambra State House of Assembly yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare the flood submerged local government areas of the state disaster areas.
The local government areas are Anambra West, Anambra East, Ogbaru and Awka North local government areas where the inhabitants have fled their homes because of flood that has not only rendered them homeless but also destroyed their crops.
In a resolution passed by the House and read by the Speaker, Mrs Chinwe Clare Nwebili, the law makers appealed to the President to direct NEMA to provide palliative measures to prevent environmental hazards in the flood affected areas.
The resolution further called on Anambra State governor, Mr Peter Obi, to provide refugee camps for the flood victims while efforts were being made to resettle them.
Earlier, the member representing Ayamelum local government, Mr Gabriel Onyewife, decried what he described as complacency of the various agencies charged with the responsibilities of attending to flood victims.
He said: ”These agencies were created by the federal government to provide social amenities to the people in times like this but they have failed in their duties in this case. NEMA and SEMA should wake up from their slumber and rescue the flood victims,” he said.
He observed that if urgent steps were not taken to resolve the flood crisis in the affected areas, lives would not only be lost but that people would also suffer starvation, if their farmlands were not saved now.
Onyeweife called on the federal government to build reservoir dam in the areas where water could be channeled any time there was flooding.
According to him, the issue is not only about solving the present problem but arresting it for future purposes.