Oghenero Orovwuje

Delta State Government is to collaborate with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to mitigate the effect of the 2020 impending flood in high risk areas of the state.

The Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mr Chiedu Ebie, stated this when NEMA officials visited him on Wednesday in Asaba.

The SSG said the State Government would adopt a different strategy in catering for would be flood victims this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He emphasized that focus would be more on sensitizing the people on the effects of flooding, noting that there would be no camp for displaced persons to avoid the spread of Coronavirus, while appealing to persons living in flood prone areas of the state to relocate to safer grounds.

Mr Ebie said the state government had taken proactive steps by setting up a 10-man 2020 Flood Management Committee which was already liaising with Local Government Chairmen of the high risk communities to identify places of relative safety for the residents.

He further stated that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) 2020 Annual flood outlook for Delta State had revealed that 18 local government areas would be affected by the flood, but the Flood Management Committee identified three other Local Government Areas that were omitted in the NIHSA report making it 21 LGAs that would be flooded in the state.

The Director – General, National Emergency Management Agency, retired Air Vice Marshal, Muhammadu Mohammed,  represented by Mrs Fatima Kassim, said they were in the state on an advocacy visit on the 2020 impending flood.

The Director General commended the Delta State Government for taking proactive measures to address the problem of flooding in the state and urged it to carry out more enlightenment campaigns, targeting vulnerable communities to prepare for evacuation to safer grounds.

He urged the State Government to de-silt river channels, canals and drains to allow free flow of flood water.

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