SEMA urges residents of Anambra flood prone areas to relocate

Posted by Pamela Eboh, Awka | 2 September 2018 | 991 times

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Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has reiterated the need for residents in flood-prone areas of the state to brace up for the challenges ahead.

A statement made available to journalists in Awka, the Executive Secretary of in the state SEMA, Chief Paul Odenigbo urged residents of those areas to relocate to emergency or holding centres located within the ten local government areas in the state.

He said the call was necessitated by the latest red alert warning issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in Abuja.

Recall that NIHSA had recently warned about imminent flood disaster in six states in the country, including Anambra.

According to Odenigbo, communities most likely to be affected by the flood in the state are Ogbaru, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Anambra East and West, and Ayamelum local government areas. Other areas include Awka North, Idemili South, Ekwusigo and Ihiala.

Odenigbo noted that credible reports have shown that the Kainji and Jebba Dams in the northern part of the country, as well as Lagbo Dam in Cameroun, are currently overflowing their dykes, insisting that the red alert issued by NIHSA on imminent flooding in communities bordering the River Niger should be taken seriously by residents of those areas.

The SEMA boss further gave assurance of the State government’s readiness to give succour to likely victims of the predicted deluge.

He asked residents of riverine communities in the state not to take the warning of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency for granted, stressing that prevention is better than cure.

Source: News Express

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