Landslide threatens Anambra community

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 19 August 2018 | 1,799 times

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•Landslide in Anambra

Residents of Ubaha Nanka in Orumba North Local Government Area on Saturday abandoned their homes in search of safety as minor landslide hit the community.

A native of the town, Mr. Ikenna Ezenekwe who spoke with journalists on the development, said that this year’s rain has reopened old wounds.

He said that the people of Nanka had suffered untold hardship as a result of landslides, regretting that they are again faced with another threat from nature.

Ezenekwe, who is also an environmentalist and the Nigeria coordinator of a US-based non-governmental organisation, the Rural Communities Development Initiative decried the situation the landslide has put the community in saying that the community that the community presently dangles on the verge of another catastrophic landslide if immediate prophylactic measures are not taken by the government.

His words: “There was panic in Ubaha village of Nanka community when residents fled over a minor landslide.

“Residents vacated the community over the fear of a possible major follow up due to the landslide which occurred after a downpour at night which caused a portion of the land to cave in.

“The people of Nanka who had suffered untold hardship in the hands of landslides are once again faced with another threat. Two minor landslides occurred in the village of Ubahu Nanka dividing the village into two halves.

“The land belonging to the families of Ezeagwuogbo was abandoned by the family resulting from the landslide. Other families in Ubahu were also affected.

“The rainy season of 2018 has reopened old wounds.”

While urging the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano to come closer to Nanka and see the problems firsthand, he observed that Nanka people are leaving on the edge.

According to him, the community was sitting on a ticking time bomb even as he lamented that the fault lines which were precursors to major landslides are already visible within the community.

He added: “The big one can happen anytime from now. The government should be ready. I am calling for the urgent intervention by the relevant authority.”

News Express, however, learnt that no life was lost in the mishap.

Source: News Express

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