RELOCATE UNTIL PROPER ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF LANDSLIDE IS CONDUCTED: ABIA GOVERNMENT TELLS UMUCHIME RESIDENTS
Following a recent outcry on the devastation a presumed landslide is causing in some parts of Umuchime in Amuzukwu community in Umuahia North L. G. A. of Abia state, the state government has advised the residents of the area to relocate from the area to avert further disasters.
Commissioner for Environment, Solomon Ogunji who made a visit to the area on Thursday, said the relocation had become necessary given the threat the disaster poses to lives of residents.
He said government will have to conduct a full assessment of the landslide before carrying out a palliative measure.
According to the commissioner, experts in the department of erosion and flood control have been directed to do an all round assessment and assured that soonest thee will have a professional and definite response on the situation.
He urged the residents to take preventive measures by moving out of the area first describing it as unfortunate.
“In the interim , I would advise our people and people from this place to relocate, because since it happens when it is not raining, it can happen in the night.”
“I thought that this landslide has been the result of flow of water or flood, but the description I got from those living in the area, they say it happens with noise, eruption with water and smoke, then it is something that can be described to be a landslide, in the neighborhood of an earthquake, he stated.
On Monday, there was an earth movement in the area which caused a building to collapse while a pregnant woman and child escaped unhurt.