Danger! Landslide destroys road in Enugu

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Enugu State Government on Friday warned residents of the state of a landslide at Udi-4 Corner Axis.
The landslide occurred on Wednesday.
The landslide affected a section of the road and has this put the lives of road users at risk.
The Executive Secretary of the state emergency management agency, Nkechi Eneh, said in a statement: “Enugu State Government wishes to inform the general public and in particular, Road Users, of a minor earth shift on the hillside along the Udi – 4 Corner axis.
“The public is by this notice advised to exercise caution while using the road. The state government is working with all relevant stakeholders to remedy the situation in the shortest possible time.”
The incident confirms a warning in April 2017 by the Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Kayide Fayemi.
The minister had during a meeying with mining and steel stakeholders in Enugu called for urgent action to avert a landslide in the state arising from previous mining activities in the state.
He called for a state of emergency to be declared in the state over the threat.
Fayemi, who had earlier visited Okpara and Onyeama mines in Enugu, said he saw the land degradation caused by mining activities which took place in the area in the past.
He recalled having seen deep tunnels created by previous mining activities.
He said he was surprised that illegal excavation of sand was still going on on in the abandoned coal mines.
“Landslide is imminent in Enugu if something is not done. In fact, a state of emergency is what we need.
“Money has been appropriated in 2017 budget for an audit of the coal mines. But in doing something, there should be some bitter pills. There should be relocation of some properties,” he said.
In 2011, no fewer than 20 communities in Awgu and Oji-River Local Government Areas of Enugu State suffered from a major landslide which cut off a portion of Awgu-Achi-Oji River federal road.
The landslide had affected Egu-Agbo Ifitte Mmaku end after a downpour.

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