Floods sack two communities in Obubra LGA.
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Floods sack two communities in Obubra LGA.

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Leaders and residents of two communities in Obubra Local Government of
Cross River State have called for urgent aid from the State Government,
public spirited individuals and organisations.

The two communities, Ejah and Ijegha-Orangha have been overtaken by flood
waters from torrential rains that villagers told crossriverwatch, started
since early Tuesday morning.

A crossriverwatch reporter saw farmlands, houses and livestock submerged
in the floods. Devastated and  confused villagers, mostly women and
children, were also seen hurriedly packing their remaining belongings with
no immediate hope of where to move to.

An unidentified elderly woman who was sobbing uncontrollably told
crossriverwatch that “we don’t know where we are going to start from. Our
farmlands, livestocks and homes are gone. Who will help us? We are old and
weak. How are we going to start all over again in this life? We just
thought that God will be kind to allow us die in our poverty here in
peace. Who could have told us that something worse than our present
squalour was awaiting us. This is traumatic”

The Representative of Obubra Constituency in the Cross River State House
of Assembly, Hon. Alex Irek was however on the ground to commiserate with
the communities. He urged them to “remain calm and be assured that
government will not leave you alone. We will do everything within the
ability of government to make sure that your losses are mitigated and
residents are resettled to begin their normal lives as soon as possible”

Hon. Irek thanked God that no life was lost but regretted that properties,
farmlands and livestock worth millions of Naira were destroyed by the
floods. He donated N500,000 (five hundred thousand Naira) to the
communities for the procurement of emergency relief materials which are
expected to arrive tomorrow.

Crossriverwatch also gathered from a source in the Governor’s office in
Calabar that the State Governor, Liyel Imoke has ordered the Director of
the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency CRSEMA, Mr. Vincent Akwa
to immediately report at the scene of the floods and ascertain the level
of damage with a view to seeing what immediate actions government can take
to bring the situation under control. As at the time of filing this report
Mr. Akwa was said to be on his way.

    • 12 years ago

    It will be very incompetent, unprpfessional and unethical if Gov. Imoke don’t visit those communities with relief materials within five days. Shocking to know is that some people in government don’t pay taxes, yet the taxes paid by the poor are used up by those in government to enrich themselves. Since Imoke claims to be a grass root politician and has constructed thousands of roads, let him drive to those communities and have a first hand witness account of the situation. If he is sending his aides who might distort the reality on ground, how would he be well informed? The right thing to do is go there and see for yourself and then make the best assessment, then order relief materials. That’s what competent people and political office holders whocare do. A general that is not in the battle field is less than a private?

    • 12 years ago

    I am in support of the above said information, let the governor of CRS pay those Communities a visit with some standard materals to start something that would make this Communities to feel home. God bless you “Your Excellency” as you help this poor communities in your state. Master OKORA GODWIN ( Jnr.) Obubra L.G.A

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