Flood sacks widow from home

For Mrs. Florence Umerenwa an 85-year-old widow from Umuorjienwe village in Otulu Community, Oru West L.G.A of Imo State, life for now is meaningless and miserable. This is simply because for about two months now, the woman and her children have not been able to access their ancestral home following endless rain fall that have warranted dangerous flood to take over their abode.
Mrs. Umerenwa whose family house is situated along Onitsha /Owerri Road lamented that all her farm lands and economic trees have been damaged by flood, including her cassava, cocoyam, creating room for hunger to ravage her and her children.
Narrating their ordeal to newsmen, a son to the widow Mr. Fidelis Ezekwem Umerenwa said the flood that has taken over their home came from a burrow pit dug in the 70’s by a road construction company, Dumez Nig. Ltd. According to him, the burrow pit had no single water inside it as at the time it was dug in 1978 until Julius Berger came about 10 years ago, expanded it and channeled all the water from Onitsha/Owerri high way into it without any recourse and consultation with the villagers.
Umerenwa submitted that every effort they  made to ensure that the construction company  found a solution to the situation over the years yielded no result adding that the water in the said  burrow pit had suddenly become permanent hence  its impact on those that live around. He observed  that a multi-national construction company like Julius Berger had no reason to build a high way like Owerri /Onitsha Road without drainage and good water channel, noting that in the past four years his  family and others that live around the pit have lost cash crops, animals and properties worth several millions of Naira.
Umerenwa therefore called on the Federal Government to prevail on Julius Berger Plc to get back to the road and do the needful before they are completely wiped away by flood.
Adding his voice, the traditional ruler of Otulu Community, Eze Festus Orji, said it is unfortunate that his community is facing such a man–made disaster.  He said Otulu town ordinarily is not prone to natural disaster but regretted that Julius Berger has put them into sorrow and anguish. He however called on the Imo State Government to come to their rescue.
The Obi of Otulu also appealed to the Federal Government via the Ministry of Works to mandate Julius Berger Plc to go back to site and clean the mess they have created in the community so that his subjects will no longer run away from their homes only to take refuge in churches and school buildings not affected by the flood.

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