Red Cross gives N20m worth of relief materials to flood victims in Anambra

| February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

IN response to disaster emergencies, the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) has commenced the distribution of relief materials worth over N20 million to flood victims in five out of the nine local councils of the state devastated by flood last year.

The state chairman, NRCS, Justice Paul C, Obidigwe (rtd.) disclosed that the relief materials, which would help in the rehabilitation of the victims, included  buckets, blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, tarpaulins, kitchen-sets, soaps, shelter kits, jerry-cans, aqua-tabs for purification of drinking water among others.

Obidigwe, who was former Chief Judge of Anambra State, said that the worst hit councils, including Ayamelum, Awka North, Ogbaru, Anambra East and Anambra West would benefit from in the distribution.

Speaking on why five out of the nine local councils affected by the flood would be benefiting in the first phase of the exercise, Obidigwe said the decision was that of the Red Cross Emergency Rapid Response Team led by a veteran disaster expert, who visited the affected communities and conducted impact assessment and need analysis of the flood disaster of affected the people.

He said: “More than 600 households in the five local councils are billed to benefit from the relief exercise at different dates”.

The chairman further disclosed that the relief materials came from external donors, including the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and other well meaning Nigerians to positively affect peoples lives in Anambra State.

He called on the three tiers of government to assist the victims in the areas of road rehabilitation, procurement and distribution of seedlings as well as implements to farmers to fast track their resettlement in various homes.

The Vice Chairman of the society in Anambra, Dr. Peter Emeka Katchy, said the Red Cross Society has also been involved in youth training programmes, provision of employment for over 40 persons and  attended to communities in the state in times of diverse emergency.

Katchy lamented that lack of funds, operational vehicles and other logistics problems, impeded their responses to emergencies, just  as he appealed for assistance from corporate organizations and individuals to effectively respond to disasters and emergencies.

He commended the International Federation of the Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies and people of Anambra State for their quick responses during disaster emergencies, especially the recent flood devastation, which caused deaths and hardship to some communities in the state.

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