Flood: Reptiles invade homes in Anambra community
Dangerous reptiles have began to creep into some residential houses in Ogbaru Local Government of Anambra as a result of flood.
Mr Arinze Awogu, Transition Chairman of Ogbaru Council Area who disclosed this on Sunday said displaced people have started to move into the holding camps prepared for them.
Awogu said the level of River Niger had continued to rise making streets and flood channels that empty into the River Niger to flow backwards.
He said no fewer than 1,000 persons have been forced out of their homes.
Ogbaru is a coastal local government with all its 16 communities on the bank of River Niger.
He reported that a big cobra which found its way into an apartment in Atani was killed with the assistance of operatives from Atani Divisional Police Station.
According to him, the cobra was killed in Atani, the man in whose house it was killed miraculously escaped being bitten by the snake the previous night as he went into his Boys Quarters in search of some documents.
“On sighting the snake, he quickly shut the door and invited the Police from Atani Police Division who teargassed the room and the reptile became uncomfortable, as it made its way out, it was killed by those around,”
Awogu advised people of the area to always shut their doors at all times and spread repellants to ward off the unwanted guests as most of them have been displaced from their natural environment.
“Snakes and other dangerous reptiles are being driven out of their habitats by the flood and people’s homes are likely to be where the deadly animals may be seeking refuge,” he said.
The council chairman said more people were being displaced from their homes by the flood and that they have started moving into the three holding camps in the council.
He regretted that flooding has become a yearly experience for the people and assured them of care while on camp.
“People are leaving their homes and heading to the Holding Centres created by the Anambra Government for people in flood prone local government areas.
“The task now is to ensure they have the necessities of existence like food, healthcare and other facilities while there waiting for the flood to recede.
“In addition to what the state government is doing, we are calling on the federal government through NEMA to come to our aid,” he said.