Anambra prepares for flooding, establishes center for IDPs.
By Obika Chidiebele.
Flooding is a natural disaster and may occur as an overflow of water from larger water bodies, such as a river , lake, or ocean. In the process the water over tops or breaks
levees , resulting in some of that water escaping its usual boundaries, or it may occur due to an accumulation of rainwater on saturated ground in an areal flood.
Flooding can be prevented, managed and mitigated upon by imbibing the right attitude to the environment ditto Anambra landscape. In this regard, the amAgencies responsible for Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and disaster management in Nigeria; Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, had earlier predicted that there would be flooding in eight major rivers across the country, including rivers passing through Anambra State, and advised residents of the flood prone areas to relocate.
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In anticipation of the expected flood this year, the Anambra state government, through the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, led by it’s Executive Secretary, Chief Paul Odenigbo, had swung into action and established 28 holding centers for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the eight flood prone local government areas of the state.
The continuous rainfall in lieu of the history of flooding in the state, had made the preparation by SEMA timely. Hence, creating no room for eventualities.
The eight local government areas are Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ogbaru, Onitsha North and Onitsha South, Awka North and Ekwusigo respectively.
To compliment the humane actions of the government, it is pertinent that the masses in Anambra state, must stop disposing their trash in drainages and other water channels and make sure these drainages and water ways are always kept clean.
Together, we can prevent, manage and mitigate flooding within the state.