Relocate now, Anambra state Govt. warns flood-prone communites

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The Anambra state Government has warned residents of flood-prone communities to relocate to safer areas of the state to escape imminent flood as predicted by the Nigerian Hydrological Services.

 A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment C. Don Adinuba, said communities in Anambra West, Anambra East, Onitsha South, Onitsha North, Ogbaru, Ihiala, Ayamelum, and Awka North Local Government Areas would be affected by the envisaged flood.

 SummitNews recalls that the Nigerian Hydrological Services had earlier announced that communities and states on the banks of the River Niger and River Benue, will be affected by sustained heavy rains expected in the month of September in West African countries through which the River Niger runs its course.

According to the statement, the state government has provided holding centres where the affected people will stay until the flood recedes.

  It said the Anambra state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has been given a list of the designated centres, which it will announce shortly.

 Adinuba said the “centres will be provided with clean water, mattresses, bed sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets and all necessary sanitary facilities.

“They will also be given drugs, and medical personnel like doctors, nurses and pharmacists will be available to attend to them promptly. Water ambulances will, in addition, be made available.

  “Security agents drawn from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Anambra State Vigilante Group will ensure excellent security throughout the clock.

 “Chairmen of the Transition Committees of the relevant LGAs are to get in touch with SEMA for briefing on the implementation of the measures to mitigate the impact of the heavy floods in our state.

 “All Ndi Anambra are enjoined to rise to this challenge like members of one united family. Civil Society Organizations are once again called upon to demonstrate their well-known solidarity with the human family.

 “Philanthropists in our midst who have always shown milk of human kindness in emergencies like this one are encouraged to play their brother’s keepers.”

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