According to Anaedoonline.ng, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund, CERF, would pay the post-flood emergency intervention being conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in Anambra State.
The world organization has already begun assessing the level of destruction to public utilities and other facilities in the state’s seven impacted local government regions.
In Anambra, the impacted local government areas are Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Awka North, Ogbaru, Ihiala, and Ekwusigo.
Residents of the impacted districts who had moved to safer areas in the aftermath of the flood have returned home, only to confront the obstacles of restarting regular life after schools, marketplaces, churches, health facilities, and water supply sources were damaged.
Mr. Timi Kiabuku, UNICEF Enugu Field Office WASH Specialist, stated at a stakeholders meeting with the impacted villages in Achala, Awka North local government area, that the current UNICEF response to the Anambra flood emergency is to evaluate the needs of the affected areas.
According to him, there is hope that with CERF financing, some of the flood-damaged facilities will be rebuilt.
Kiabuku said: “UNICEF’s response will focus on three sectors namely child protection, health and WASH.
“For child protection, the response will focus on protection concerns in three key areas which include the provision of psychosocial support for flood-affected children, the prevention of family separation and the reunification of separated and unaccompanied children, as well as the strengthening of community-based protection systems related to GBV.
“For health, the response will focus on emergency primary health care services to address waterborne and vaccine-preventable childhood diseases by ensuring continued access to health services via mobile brigades, prepositioning essential medicines and supplies, and improving health-seeking behaviours through community engagement.
“Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, response, on the other hand, will focus on the distribution of critical supplies, the provision of essential services, including water system rehabilitation, rehabilitation and desludging of sanitation facilities in schools and Primary Health Care, PHC facilities and conducting hygiene promotion campaigns”.
He stated that UNICEF personnel would visit four areas in Awka North, namely Awba Ofemili, Ugbenu, Ugbene, and Achala, to examine the situation.
UNICEF has already brought a number of things that will be handed to the victims’ communities in the seven local government regions.
The head of Awka North local government praised international agencies for their assistance, saying that it would take a large amount of money to restore normalcy in the affected communities.
He noticed that, with every facility in the towns damaged, his local administration had aided as much as it could, noting, however, that the residents, who are primarily farmers, require finances to begin the new crop season.
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