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|Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State(pics) by Prisschi: 8:42am On Aug 20, 2021|
Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State
People of Umudim village in Ekwulumili, Nnewi South Local Government of Anambra say they are living in constant fear over gully erosion sweeping away homes and farmlands in the area.
They are crying to the international community through the Nigerian Erosion Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Nigerian Federal Government and Anambra State Government to come to their rescue from the disaster they have lived with for over 40 years.
Ekwulumili is a community known largely for farming and has a with a large population of indigenous people.
Ekwulumili shares borders with Amichi, Igboukwu, Unubi, Akwaihedi and Orsumenyi
Visitors to some of the sites were stricken with awe as the gaping gully measuring over 40 in width and 50 metres in depth continued to expand at an alarming speed.
This natural disaster is has displaced over 500 families with their livelihood and is threatening to wipe out the people from their god given natural habitat.
Some of the people directly affected by the disaster said they have lost their ancestral land where they were supposed to build on and cultivate.
Mrs Charity Ezeoke, who lives on the side of the erosion, said they lived in constant fear of losing their house because it was a few feet away from it.
Ezeoke said the erosion had been there since she was a young girl and that efforts made to correct it had failed.
She called on the Anambra government to relocate them before they lose their lives alongside property.
"Whenever it rains, the way it pulls trees and earth sounds like an earthquake and makes us live in fear all the time.
"Government should help us control the erosion or even come and evacuate us because we don't have peace," she said.
Mr Chukwura Ntagu, an indigene of the town said the gully had cut them off from their brothers and sisters neighbouring Umudim village in Amichi whom they lived and interacted with for ages.
Ntagu said many people had left the town due to the erosion threat while most people were homeless because their lands had been washed away.
"It was not as big as this in the past, we used to pass through this place to Ochi in Amichi where we used to have our match pass but it has continued to grow.
"This place where I am standing is my 'ala obi' (land inheritance) where I am supposed to build and farm but it has been washed off.
"Those of us who live on the bank of the erosion don't sleep whenever it rains, many families have lost their homes and ran to their family members in other locations," he said.
Also speaking, Mr Onyeka Ikejiaku described the situation as a disaster as it had affected their livelihood, economic activities and social development negatively.
Ikejiaku said they were predominantly farmers, their brothers on other side of the gully cannot evacuate their produce because the roads had been cut off
A number of government officials and agencies have been visiting but nothing has been done, that is why we are calling on the Federal Government and State Government to come to our rescue.
All the flash floods from Igboukwu, Oraeri and other communities flow down to the area and empty into 'babuwa river' which goes to Imo state.
"We have been doing our best as directly affected people and as a community to control this but it is not enough," he said.
Chief Clement Ezeifedikwa, the President General of Ekwulimili who led journalists to the sites said it was contending with four massive gullies and few smaller ones.
Ezeifedikwa who was represented by Mr Stephen Okeke, an elder in the community said urgent intervention was needed to avoid total erosion of the area.
According to him, our people cannot build houses or factories because they have lost their lands. A lot of them have left their ancestral homes and relocated to places where they bought land.
"We are in real danger and we are calling on the international community and government at all levels to come to our rescue," he said.
|Re: Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State(pics) by NigeriaLimited: 8:46am On Aug 20, 2021|
This gully erosion is a mystery.
I have never seen one here in South west
|Re: Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State(pics) by Lifeisgoody: 8:49am On Aug 20, 2021|
I wonder how our government thinks
|Re: Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State(pics) by TarOrfeeek: 8:56am On Aug 20, 2021|
Ikeja is obviously the only SW you have ever been to.
Everywhere in Ondo state there are gullies 10x bigger than this one.
But you need an excuse to remain ignorant.
|Re: Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State(pics) by TarOrfeeek: 8:59am On Aug 20, 2021|
Historically, these gullies were believed to be pathways for the Messenger of Ani, Idemmili to wade through the lands of her devotees.
Asides its topographical damage to houses and danger to humans and livestock. They sometimes serve as secondary drainages.
|Re: Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State(pics) by NigeriaLimited: 8:59am On Aug 20, 2021|
I can see you are angry but it's non of my business
|Re: Gully Erosions Swallow Homes, Farms In Ekwulumili, Anambra State(pics) by airminem(f): 9:08am On Aug 20, 2021|
President Buhari should support the Governors to fix the southEast na
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