The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have pointed out Anambra State among 11 other states of Nigeria likely to face flood and thereby urged the government and residence to evacuate the area ASAP.
The agency has no doubt parts of Anambra State will be flooded, therefore they have embarked on a sensitization tour of the state capital as well as other 10 Local Government areas of Anambra that are flood prone.
While SEMA makes efforts to alert the people, other relevant stakeholders and organizations have taken charge to assist.
Surveys conducted showed residents living in the river line area continued to go about their daily business activities despite noticeable increase in the size of the river. Life in community like Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government area still appears to be flourishing and there is yet to be any signs of flooding, since the river is not surging towards the land, the Channels TV reports.
However, residents claimed they are prepared for the eventuality, should it come.
Executive Secretary of SEMA, Mr. Paul Odenigbo, has urged traditional institutions, during the 5th general seminar of the Anambra State Traditional Rulers Council, to help sensitise the community members, especially those in flood prone areas, to evacuate their valuable properties ahead of time.
Mr. Odenigbo told correspondents that government has commenced fumigation and preparation of 21 Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps across the state and urged the people to heed the flood warning.
The people, however, appealed to the government to provide speed boats which would facilitate easy and quick evacuation of their belongings when the time comes.
On the other hand, the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Sani Sidi, expressed hopes of government’s readiness, stressing that early warning provided must be matched with early action.