Flood has submerged farmlands in five communities in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The affected communities are Ameke, Okue, Amaokwe, Ngwogwo and Obodo.
Farmers in the affected communities have called on the federal government for assistance. The flood was caused by the blockade of a dam being constructed by the federal government in Npu, Anuri Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Governor David Umahi, who visited the site of the dam on Monday, ordered for a comprehensive report of farms and cash crops destroyed by the flood.
Noting that the damage was huge, Umahi said the report would be sent to the federal government with a view to assist the state and farmers whose means of livelihood had been severely affected.
“We came to the point of the Ukeh River Dam that is being constructed by the federal government in Npu, Anuri Local Government Area of Enugu State. A comprehensive report will be carried out so that we can seek the federal government’s assistance not only to the state, but for farmers whose agricultural produce have been seriously damaged.”
Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ivo Local Government Area, Chief O Ude, who accompanied Governor Umahi to the site of the dam, said the blockade caused water to overflow backwards, thereby destroying farmlands in the affected communities.
Chairman of Ngwogwo Community Development Union, Mr. Johnson Ukpai, lamented that the flood had destroyed agricultural produce like yams, cassava, rice, maize and cocoyam.
He pleaded with the federal government to come to their rescue.
A liaison officer in Ivo legislative council, Barrister Augustine Ossai, also lamented the damages done by the flood and called on the federal government and the National Emergency Management Agency to immediately come to the assistance of farmers in the area.


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