Anambra State Government appraises Preparedness for 2018 flooding

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THE Anambra State government has reappraised its preparedness to confront this year’s flooding, especially in places around the River Niger and the Omambala River.

Rising water levels in riverine communities of state has already wrecked havoc, leaving in its trail, devastated farms, buildings and bridges with a number of families displaced.

The Nigeria Inland Water Authority, NIWA, confirmed that the volume of River Niger had risen above 11 metres, which was a potent danger signal.

At a meeting with the Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, and support agencies at Governor’s Lodge, Awka, Governor Willie Obiano said the government had installed measures to undertake rescue of persons trapped in the raging flood.

Obiano said government commenced plans over the past five months by creating not less than 28 Holding Centres for displaced persons.

“The essence of the meeting is to appraise strategies adopted in view of the flooding,’’ he remarked.

Nkem Okeke, deputy governor,  submitted comprehensive report of support agencies indicating their readiness for the tasks of massive rescue operations, while awaiting funding to enable them to commence full operation.

Paul Odenigbo , executive secretary, Anambra State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, announced that nine shelters had been activated in Anambra East and Ogbaru LGAs to take in the displaced persons.

He, then, urged those in flood-prone areas to relocate to the shelters.

The meeting was attended by commissioners of relevant ministries, support agencies and service commanders in the state.

 

– Sept. 20, 2018 @ 13:55 GMT |

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