The people living in flood-prone areas in Anambra State have been urged to relocate immediately to the approved Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), Centres provided across the state.
The government has since made contingency plans for 28 of such centres across the state.
The appeal became necessary in view of ragging flood already threatening lives and property of the people living in the coastal areas.
This decision was reached after a meeting with Ministries, Institutions and agencies involved in flood/emergency matters, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke at the Government House, Awka.
Forecast on flooding
The Executive Secretary, Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Paul Odenigbo advised residents of the affected areas not to disregard the forecast on flooding by relevant agencies.
According to Odenigbo, the people living in towns and communities within the three local government areas; Ayamelum, Anambra East and Ogbaru, should move to the IDP Centres immediately to avoid impending devastation.
”Let us minimise our losses as homes and farmlands are already submerged under flooding, that has already overrun some communities,’’ Odenigbo said.
Reiterating the commitment of government to assist the IDP’s, he assured the people of adequate welfare packages for the affected persons in the centres already provided.
”Already, government has made arrangements for them to be evacuated and camped in some designated centres within the various council areas…Residents of the affected areas are advised to move into them immediately,’’ Odenigbo said.
He stressed that the Emergency Management Agency and their state counterparts, SEMA have been alerted for prompt response to rescue people that might be trapped in the affected areas.
”The security agencies and other stakeholders have been also notified to be battle ready to assist in evacuating people from dangers,” Odenigbo said.
He added that the state government would appreciate contributions and support from donor agencies, Non Governmental Organisations and philanthropists to ensure that losses occasioned by flooding were minimised.