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The 2018 flood that ravaged Ogbaru local government area of Anambra state may have come and gone, leaving in its wake bitter tales of destruction of people's houses, farmlands, crops, domestic animals and loss of human lives.
The victims of the flood disaster in the local government were quartered at various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps set up by the Anambra state government where food and other humanitarian needs were provided for them by the government all through the duration of the flood. Thankfully, the flood has receded to the river bank and the victims have all gone home and are beginning to pickup the pieces of their lives again.
However, the people of Ogbaru local government have not forgotten the care they received from the Anambra state government which helped in lessening the difficulties of the 7 weeks that the flood tormented the people. Speaking through the Chairman of the local government, Hon. Arinzechukwu Awogu, the people of Ogbaru applauded the timely response to the disaster by the governor of the state, Chief Willie Obiano in mobilizing relief materials and food items for the eleven thousand one hundred and eighty (11180) IDPs scattered in the 7 Holding Centres and Clusters as well as hard to reach communities where the victims were taking refuge.
"The flood became uncontrollable as the water level increased, forcing many households to  head to the IDP camps. The first set of IDPs started stemming into the camps from first week in September, by 10th of September all activities of a full operational camp had started; Camp Management Committee was set up headed by Hon. Ogochukwu Nwasike, the kitchen was churning out meals after meals (morning, afternoon and night).
"Sickbay with two nurses and a doctor per camp was fully operational. Emergencies were being attended to. Mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets among others were in supplies. Evacuation of trapped victims and rescue operations were undertaken most times under very dangerous conditions. And you know that in emergency situation, response time is key to averting a major disaster.
"In all of these, the victims were well cared for. The presence of the governor, Chief Willie Obiano, in giving necessary support to the victims was overwhelming. He never ceased to ask about the feeding of the IDPs and their general well being. Up until Sunday, the 4th of November, 2018 when the IDP camps in Ogbaru were officially closed, Gov. Willie Obiano's care for the Ogbaru flood victims was at its full blast." Hon. Awogu said.
The Council boss also commended the ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, ministry of Health, ministry of education, security agencies, the National Emergency Management Agency, the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, the media, faith based organizations, NGOs and public spirited individuals that also assisted in arresting the humanitarian challenge posed by the flood and said that the people of Ogbaru are eternally grateful for their help.

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