By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—THE National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has alerted residents of South- East of possible flooding in some parts of the zone as the rains set it. It therefore, advised them not to hesitate in alerting relevant agencies of such natural disaster when noticed.
South East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Walson Ibarakumo Brandon, gave the warning while speaking with newsmen in his Enugu office.
He disclosed that 14 local government areas across Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra states are more prone to the flood disaster and advised on the need for clearance of drainages and water ways to reduce the impact or eliminate the disaster.
According to him, NEMA met recently with sister agencies including Nigeria Metrological Services Agency, NIMET and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, among other establishments to map out strategies on how to mitigate the disaster and embark on massive public enlightenment campaigns.
Brando said : “From the recent annual flood outlook, in Enugu State, we have Enugu South LGA, Enugu East LGA and Oji River. These are the three LGAs that are identified as high risk areas under the annual flood outlook released by Nigeria Metrological Services Agency.
“In Ebonyi, we have Afikpo North, Ikwo, Ezza South, Ohaukwu and Ebonyi LGAs.
“In Anambra, we have Orumba North, Awka South, Anaocha, Oyi, Dunukofia and Njikoka LGAs. So when we carry out our sensitisation, we are going to focus on those highlighted areas.
“I will implore those communities not to wait for government but be on the alert and contact the appropriate agencies whenever incidences that are beyond their capability come up,” he said.