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CROSS RIVER ODDITY: ’Before 2018 Cross River communities may disappear due to landslide’ 

LEGISREPORTS NG  -   Secretary of Cross River State flood management committee who is also the director general of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Vincent Aquah (MON) has raised the alarm that before 2018 some communities in the state may disappear from Nigerian map following the terrible impact of landslide and erosion.

In an interview in his office in Calabar, he said that studies carried out by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) recently gave strong indications that if nothing was done soon enough to avert the flood seriously threatening Agwagune and Umon communities in Biase local government area as well as Eja in Obubra Local government area of the state, they could all be completely washed away before 2018. Aquah said Agwagune, for instance, which was completely devastated by flood of last year still have telling effects to contend with.

He said what was required to be done to save these communities are beyond the capacity of the state government which reason he pleaded for substantial support from the federal government. He said that they have put up an ‘institutional framework’ on disaster management and that they have constructed five evacuation camps to enable them move affected families in Eja and other communities.

Aquah said that 300 communities that might be affected this year have been identified and that they have relief materials to cushion the possible effects. According to the SEMA boss, the flood of last year killed eleven persons, destroyed 1800 residential houses and washed away 82,361 farmlands. “The flood also displaced 49,000 persons and destroyed 18 churches, 13 schools and 18 markets.

This report was prepared by our reporter in Calabar.


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