Residents of Imo community cry out for help as their land is washed away

Residents of Imo community cry out for help as their land is washed away

- The people of Umuezeala community in Imo state have cried out over a massive landslide that has caused a lot of damages

- Farmlands and buildings are being destroyed by the landslide and people are being forced out of the community

- They are appealing to the government to come to the rescue as the very existence of their community is being threatened

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All is not well with residents of Umuezeala community, Obibi-Ochasi in Orlu LGA of Imo state as a massive landslide is threatening the very existence of the community.

The massive landslide, residents decried, has wiped out their farmlands, encroached buildings and is now forcing dwellers out of the community.

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Chief Basil Maduka, a 65-year-old man who has lived in the affected community from birth, told regional correspondent Duru Victor that the root cause of the landslide problem ravaging the community is as a result of the Assa Uberelem road that was abandoned two metres to the community river, and with the rainy season present the landslide ate into and halved the road and continued its rampaging damage into people's farmlands and homes.

Residents of Imo community cry out for help as their land is washed away
The people of Umuezeala community urged the government to come to their rescue.
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He said:

"The landslide was caused by the abandoned road by the NDDC. It's almost two metres to the river before it was abandoned about three years ago. And as the gutters weren't completed up to the river the erosion begun from there.
"It has wiped out so many farmlands and encroaching buildings and if nothing is done after this rainy season the entire community will be wiped out.
"We have made appeals to the Federal Emergency Management Authority (FEMA), NDDC and the government, all to no avail. The best we've seen is that they visit the sites, take photos and videos and disappear without doing anything.

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"Infact, the entire community is in a helpless situation."

Prince Emma Emeka Ezeka, an indigene of Obibi-Ochasi has also urged the federal, state government and necessary authorities to come to the aid of the community as the ecology menace ravaging the community and neighbouring communities has put the life of the rural dwellers in danger with their lands and crops badly damaged.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that following a destructive deluge in Lagos state that left houses and firms in Lekki community in ruins and shambles on Wednesday, June 17, Nigerians on social media voiced out their shock and utter displeasure.

A heavy downfall hit Lagos and overpowered streets in major communities, leaving motors and commuters stranded.

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