A landslide has destroyed a building at Umuchime Amuzukwu-Ibeku in
Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia.
The landslide swept through the area on Monday night but the occupants
of the building including a nursing mother and her child who escaped
On Tuesday, Mrs. Ijeoma Emmanuel told journalists that it was midnight
when the landslide occurred, adding that she felt a vibration on the
ground, followed by a major crack on the wall of the building.
Once she stepped out of the residential building, it collapsed, she narrated.
Residents of the area said the disaster had destroyed many homes and
farmlands in the area since it first occurred two years ago.
A civil servant, Azubuike Jinanwa, said many houses and farmlands in
the area had been swept away by the disaster.
According to Jinanwa, landslide first occurred about two years ago
when property including buildings and farmlands, worth millions of
naira were destroyed.
A clergyman, Patrick Asiegbu, said residents now lived in fear,
especially whenever it rained.
Another woman, with three children, Ifeoma Nkemakolam, described her
condition as helpless, said she had no money to move out of the area.
"I am appealing to the federal and state governments to come to our
help," she said.