- A nine-year-old girl has been killed in a flood disaster in Ogbaru community in Anambra state
- The girl was said to have drowned while fetching water with a bucket
- It was gathered that her 11-year-old sister who tried to rescue her almost lost her life
The flood disaster ravaging parts of Anambra has claimed the life of a nine-year-old girl, Benedict Uzo, in Amiyi, Ogbaru council area of the state.
Arinze Awogu, the chairman of Ogbaru local government area, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, September 26, that the girl drowned while fetching water with a bucket. He said Benedict’s 11-year-old elder sister who tried to rescue her almost lost her life too but was quickly rescued by neighbours.
“The flood situation in Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state has continued to take a turn for the worst and Ogbaru has lost two persons since it started.
“The latest casualty is a nine-year-old Miss Uzo Benedict Onyebuchukwu, a primary 3 pupil of Light International School, Okoti.
“The father of the victim, Izuchukwu Uzo told me that his daughter was swept away by the flood as she attempted to fetch water with her bucket," he said.
Awogu said that the council would set up an emergency boss called for a proactive response team to effectively handle emergencies
The chairman urged people in flood prone areas to vacate their homes and move to safer areas or the Internally Displaced Persons camps.
“We need better equipped hospital to enable us manage this emergency. It is a sad moment for us, we assure the family of our solidarity and support in this time of grief; I promise to inform His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano about the loss.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the National Hydrological Services Agencies (NHISA) have warned that 12 states across Nigeria would soon experience flooding due to torrential rain falls.
The two agencies gave the warning on Friday, September 7, during an emergency stakeholders’ meeting held with relevant stakeholders in Abuja. The agencies said some would be affected from the River Niger, while others would be faced from River Benue.
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