Fear has gripped residents of Mbanakwu Nnewichi Community Nnewi, in Nnewi North Local Government Area, Anambra State, following the devastating effects of flood and erosion that have continued to swallow major parts of the community.
Despite the remedial measures by the community and the ongoing work at the Mbanakwu-Obiofia erosion site in Nnewichi, the encroaching erosion has continued unabated.
The President General of the Community, Mr. Nwaogu Donatus who disclosed this sordid situation in an interview with Anaedoonline, said that until urgent and responsible steps are taken, residents in the community will suffer untold hardship and deprivations.
Speaking to our correspondent, Mr. Donatus said that the recent torrential rainfall has adversely affected the community, according to him, the rain which caused a major flood in the area affected people’s houses, properties, and even animals.
According to him, the flooding in the community has created new gully erosion in the area which has swallowed and is threatening some houses.
Speaking he said, “Several houses in our community have been submerged in the deep gully, because of poor channeling of drainage, flood from Ichida, Igbokwu, Awka-Etiti divert to our area, the last heavy rainfall caused serious damages in our community”
“The flood has also deprived our people of accessing the community health center during the rainy season”
“The encroaching erosion has displaced many families, despite the ongoing erosion project being handled by NewMap, the erosion has continued, I don’t know if the construction company know the extent of this damages”
Speaking further, he appealed for government intervention saying that all their community efforts towards checking the erosion have failed”
He pleaded with residents of the community to take precautionary measures while building, he said that builders in the area should at least have catchment pit or soakaway pit in their compounds to reduce flooding in the area.
He, however, pleaded for the intervention of government in solving the erosion menace in the area immediately after the raining season.