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Flood claims two lives, properties in Oguta

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SOME communities in Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas were on Monday rendered homeless by flood from Oguta lake and other adjourning rivers like Orashi, following a heavy down pour in the areas.

The communities ravaged by the disaster included; Oguta Community, Osemoto, Mgbele, Eziorsu, Orsuobodo, kalabari Beach and others.

National Light correspondent in the state who visited the scene, noted that apart from the flood which had not only flowed across most buildings in the said communities, it engulfed lives of two persons while farmers lost their equipments and live stocks, among other wares.

The disaster according to the report covered vehicles as canoes became the alternative means of evacuation of persons and properties.
Some parts of Ohaji were not left out of the menace. This flood, it can be recalled, has forced the people affected to seek refuge to their neighbouring communities.

Speaking to some journalists in his office, the newly sworn-in Secretary to the Imo State Government, Mark Uchendu who have visited the scene, described the incidence as not only calamity but total disaster.

The SGI promised to brief the state chief executive, Owelle Rochas Okorocha on the occurrence with intention to providing succor to the displaced persons, he regretted the non inclusion of Imo State as flood prone area by the federal government.

Flood ravaging according to the SGI has been re-occurring decimal to some parts of Imo State, it could be recalled, according to him some time in 2013, 2014, parts of Ohaji, Egbema and Oguta equally lost their people, farm lands and other valuables to flood disaster. He wondered why the federal government should not count the areas as flood disaster area, in case there will be permanent solution to forestall re-occurrence.

The state government under Governor Okorocha had in 2013, 2014 provided relief materials to the said people as remedial measure and aid.

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