The Enugu State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in South east, Nigeria has embarked on its routine flood emergency awareness to rural communities across the state.
The Executive Secretary of the agency, Nkechi Eneh said that the awareness campaign became necessary following the 2019 annual flood outlook released by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHISA).
Eneh, who was addressed traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Enugu East Local Government Area, noted that the area was marked as a probable flood risk area.
“The NHISA in its 2019 annual flood outlook mapped this local government area as one of the probable risk areas in the state.
“This campaign is, therefore, aimed at enlightening the communities that will be mostly affected by flood on the dangers of flood disasters and also provide them with some risk reduction measures,” she explained.
The Executive Secretary also said that emergency and disaster were on the increase, adding that the state had witnessed its fair share.
“We have come to alert you on the urgent need to avoid socioeconomic activities along flood plains and to relocate to safer grounds where possible,” she stated.
Eneh appealed to the participants to seek out and contribute measures that could be deployed to avert future occurrences of flood devastation in order to enhance the resilience of the rural communities.