Succour has come the way of the people of Uburu, Ohaozara, Ebonyi State, whose property were destroyed by rain/wind storm, as the management National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Tuesday handed over assorted lorry load of relief items to the victims.
Ohaozara, a local government area in Ebonyi State, is where the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and Governor Dav Umahi hail from.
The ugly incident, which occurred sometime in May 2015, adversely affected both residential and commercial buildings, as their roofs were completely blown off.
Earlier assessment of the disaster by NEMA officials had revealed that huge trees fell on residential buildings, leading to displacement of residents and dislocation of their means of livelihood.
Handing over the relief materials to the state government for onward distribution to the victims on Tuesday at Uburu, director general of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammad Sani Sidi sympathised with the affected persons, saying the gesture was aimed at cushioning the effect of the incident.
The NEMA boss, who spoke through the South-East zonal coordinator of the agency, Major James Eze, said the agency intervened because the affected victims do not have the capacity to rebuild their houses or restart their businesses.
He said: “Please note that the relief materials brought to you today is not to replace what you lost during the violent wind storm, but to cushion the effect of unfortunate incident.
“We advise that the Uburu residents should plant trees to ring the community that would act as wind breakers, huge trees near buildings that have become risks should be cut to save lives and property.
“Shrubs should also be planted near houses and not trees,” adding that such would reduce the effects of violent winds and equally act as a disaster risk reduction scheme.
Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, executive secretary of the Ebonyi State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Pastor Ken Ozioma expressed appreciation to the federal government for the kind gesture.
Some of the donated items included 200 bags of rice, beans, garri, grandnut, palm oil, cloths, blankets, detergents, various building materials, amongst others.

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