By Ikeugonna Eleke
Ubahu village in Nanka community of Orumba North Local Governnent Area of Anambra State has suffered a major landslide, leading to loss of homes and farmlands.
Fides gathered that the village which habours multiple gully erosion sites erupted on the morning of Tuesday, October 15, 2019 following heavy rainfall, sending residents of the area scampering to safety.
The multiple eruption was said to have damaged farmlands, homes, major access roads and economic trees.
A source said, ‘It also brought down electric power lines. The main access road to neighboring Umudala Village from Ubahu village was severed.’
Fides gathered that since after the incident the indigenous clan members resident in the area have abandoned their homes and farmlands for safer areas of the community.
The late Francis Eze family, who are said to have a home near the Obeagu gully erosion, have fled their home, including other families.
Mr Ikenna Ezenekwe, an indigene of the area, and an environmental activist, said that during the Peter Obi administration, in the rainy season of 2008, Governor Peter Obi paid a visit to Obeagu gully erosion following a previous landslide which swept the home of Madam Bridget Eze.
‘Governor Peter Obi made the pledge to assist the people of Ubahu village to ameliorate the fast growing gully erosion. The Governor promised to construct gutter channels to control the storm flow. The gutters have yet to be constructed.
‘In 2010, the gully became more aggressive as a result of increased unregulated storm flow. Within the short period of 2009 to 2019, Obeagu gully erosion doubled its original size.
‘In their efforts to ameliorate the growing disaster, the village leaders took up self-action.
They started by providing land for some of the families that lost their lands. They embarked on opening another access roads to Umudala Village and to install new electric power lines.
‘But the fear of further landslides remains a constant reminder to the villagers. They fear the gully may grow further. They appear hopeless and without help,’ Ezenekwe said.
Ezenekwe, who is the Nigerian coordinator of a non-governmental organization; Rural Community Development Outreach, described the situation as nature’s crime against the people of Nanka.
Ezenekwe therefore called on the Governor of Anambra State to remember the people of Ubahu Village in the disbursement of ecological funds, noting that Nanka housed the largest and most active gullies in Southeast and in the entirety of Nigeria.