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NEMA, military begin airlift of trapped flood victims in Anambra

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), and the Disaster Response Unit (DRU) of the Military has commenced Aerial view operation to ascertain persons displaced or trapped by the rising floods in Anambra.

Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South-East, Thickman Tanimu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Awka, that it would aid the airlifting of trapped persons in the affected communities.

“Search and Rescue (SAR Operations) has commenced today. The Military DRU has engaged and has started ‘Air Recce’ or Aerial view to collect imagery intelligence of the affected communities.

“This will help to ascertain displaced and trapped persons who need to be evacuated to pave the way for air lifting,” he said.

The delay in the arrival of the relief materials is due to the flood disaster that cut off the Abuja–Lokoja road, and also the security situation due to the Monday sit-at-home in the South East.

Tanimu said the Presidency and the Director-General NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed-Habib, while commiserating with the state government and flood victims including the bereaved, approved the relief materials.

He said the relief materials would be presented directly to flood victims on today.

“The delay in the arrival of the relief materials is due to the flood disaster that cut off the Abuja–Lokoja road, and also the security situation due to the Monday sit-at-home in the South East.

“The relief material will hopefully arrive on Tuesday and be ready for delivery directly to victims.

“These items are meant to complement the efforts of Anambra State Government in providing immediate succour to victims and aid their speedy rehabilitation,” he said.

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