The rains are here again and as always, the same problems are being encountered. Houses and shops are threatened by floods in most areas in Anambra State, with many people being displaced. Farmlands are affected and crops destroyed. Electric poles are pulled down by the impact of the rains. Fences collapse, as well as buildings.
Indeed, all the aforementioned things happened during the heavy, sustained rains, known as the seven-day rain, that started on Tuesday July 24 and ended on Monday, July 30. During the period, a thirteen year old girl was killed when a vehicle she was travelling in with her parents was submerged in the flood along the Nise-Governor’s Lodge Axis.
On the last day of the rains, a one storey building under construction in the Ifite area of Awka collapsed. No casualties were however recorded. Long before the latest rains, however, four bank workers had been swept into a deep gutter in Onitsha, losing their lives. Most of these problems occurred because of lack of proper drainage facilities to channel the flood where it should settle. It is expedient for the government to deal decisively with drainage as it has caused so much damage to lives and property in the state. There is also a dire need for Anambrarians to manage the provided drainages as much as they can so that the spate of flooding can be reduced.
They can do this by desisting from blocking drainage channels with refuse as this tends to worsen an already bad situation. This is especially so in this season of corn and pear. Corn sellers have the habit of pouring their corn stalks in the drainages, thus making the flooding worse owing to blocked channels.
The Anambra State Government should for her part, ensure the desilting of the drainage channels to open them up and allow the free flow of flood, while coming up with measures to check the blockage of such channels by individuals.
We are aware that the state government has been making efforts in this direction through the ministry of environment. We commend the commissioner involved on the efforts he has made so far. However, we urge him to sustain them so that this monster called blocked drainage channels will become a thing of the past.
Indeed, the task of checking this menace is one to be tackled by all; both the government and the individual.