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Water scarcity hits 3 Anambra LGAs as floods damage wells and latrines

More than 50 hand pumped boreholes and 30 public toilet facilities have been damaged due to flooding in three local government areas in Anambra state.

This has caused water scarcity in the affected local government areas, as the indigenous people fear that other remaining water sources may be polluted.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) coordinators in three flood-stricken districts of Ihiala, Ogbaru and Ekwusigo local government districts said on Friday, during a meeting of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) officials with stakeholders in the districts after the flood assessment.

WASH coordinators who sent field officers to the flood-affected areas to assess the damage caused by the floods reported that many affected communities lost sources of drinking water, due to the destruction of wells due to the floods.

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator for Ekosego Local Government Area, Ms. Quinn Odulisa noted in her report that several wells dug by UNICEF for the local community have been damaged by floods, while others have been vandalized.

“Most of the communities we visited, including the markets, we discovered that the toilets were washed away by floods, and the villagers are afraid to drink from the usual water sources because they fear it is already contaminated,” she said.

Ogbaru LGA President, Mr. Pascal Anegbona explained that not only were some wells destroyed by floods, but the criminals took advantage of the resettlement of the indigenous people in the camps, to steal the sumo from most of the wells.

These are the things we suffered during the recent floods. Criminals took advantage of looting many homes. One of my friends had property in his hotel that had been stolen by criminals.

“We appeal to UNICEF and any other groups that can help our people not to be complacent. Most people returned to their homes after the flood subsided only to see their homes collapsed and their belongings washed away.”

“UNICEF’s ongoing response to the Anambra flood emergency is funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), UNICEF’s response will focus on three Sectors – Child Protection, Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.”

Also, the WASH Adviser (Enugu office), Mr. Andy Nwanzi, has mandated the local people to always take ownership of any UNICEF project in their local areas, saving them from theft.

“We don’t have the money. What we are here to do is emergency help for people affected by floods, so you should always protect projects in your areas so that we can direct the money to other things.

“From next week, we will start visiting all affected communities, so that we can confirm the reports that field officials made today so that we can help those affected, as well as properly reintegrate them into society again.”

Water scarcity hits 3 Anambra LGAs as floods damage wells and latrines

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