Flooding : Agency warns Enugu residents on activities in some areas

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Mrs. Nkechi Eneh, the Executive Secretary of Enugu State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has advised residents in the state against carrying out economic activities along flood plains.

The executive secretary also advised against dumping of refuse in the drains and building along flood paths.

She said that the awareness campaign is sequel to the 2019 Annual Flood Outlook released by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

She also stated that the flood outlook identified the council area as one of the probable places that would be hit by flood.

“The rains are here and flood is imminent. So, we are here to equip you with basic risk reduction measures,” she said.

Eneh said that the agency would work in liaison with Enugu State Waste Management Agency (ESWAMA) to ensure that waste bins and incinerators are provided at areas they were lacking.

Earlier, Mr. Sunday Ugwu, the Chairman, Enugu South Local Government Area, said that the council would soon come up with a task force against the blockage of drains.

Ugwu said that the council had witnessed its fair share of flood disaster, adding that a resident of the area lost her life following a recent downpour.

The chairman said that he would instruct head teachers of public primary schools to monitor the weather condition before releasing their pupils after school.

The highlight of the programme is a one-minute silence observed in the honour of a woman that was killed following a recent downpour in the area.