By Nwogha Ndubuisi, Abakaliki
Not less than Six hundred farmers have reportedly lost farmlands to flood at Ipfeigwe of Igbeagu autonomous community, Izzi LGA of Ebonyi state.
The flood that has lasted about forty five days destroyed cassava,rice and yam farmlands at Nguji, Ndi-Ogoga, and Ndiagoni of Ipheigwe in Igbeagu autonomous community in the state.
i-Turning Point authoritatively reports that the flood also affected many residents as homes submerged by the water also collapsed.
According to the zonal Chief of Ipheigwe, Mr Ogbonnia Ogharu explained that the natural disaster has lasted for forty five days as at the time of filing this report and added that the incident was the worst as at the recent time.
The traditional ruler explained that the Enyim river over flood its bank to their farmlands where the entire villagers planted their crops and equally affected some homes.
He attributed the ugly development to the heavy down pour and appealed to the federal and state governments to assist the affected farmers as many residents have relocated to Ishielu in order to save their children from hunger.
Narrating their ordeals, the Okworike Igbeagu village head, Chief Sunday Nwadonwe hinted that the flood affected people in his place as the incident continues to ravaged the place.
Other victims,Chief Izikpa Nwoke of Ogbodo Ipfeigwe and Chief Ugo Esha of Odariko and Chief Simon Nwode appealed to the National Emergency Management Agency and Ebonyi State Management Agency to come to their aids knowing that the only source of livelihood is the farm work.
Meanwhile, the Town Union president of Igbeagu autonomous community, Chief Clement Eze described the incident as eyesores and urged the concern ministry to save the people from the imminent hunger as affected families have lost their source of livelihood.
Eze who gave account of affected villages named, “That Ipfeigwe is my zone and farmlands affected have yam, cassava, rice, and cocoyam.
“The seven villages are: 47 people affected at Okworike, Ogbodo 12, Edupfu Uzashi-147, Ekori-107, Ndu-Agoni-120, Ndi-Ogoga-130, and Ulenwu-123 people were affected too and I am appealing His Excellency, Rt Hon Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru to come to the people rescue as many school children have dropped out due to shortages of food and wears.