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NEMA, military begin SAR operation to airlift trapped flood victims in Anambra

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

Anambra State
Flooded parts of Anambra State

Mr Thickman Tanimu, Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South-East, said on Monday, October 10, 2022, in Awka, the Anambra State capital, that it would aid the airlifting of trapped persons in the affected communities.

“Search and Rescue (SAR) Operations has commenced today. The Military DRU have engaged and have 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.

Tanimu said that 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 that the relief materials would be presented directly to flood victims on Tuesday.

“The delay in arrival of the relief materials is due to the flood disaster that cut off 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.

By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu

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