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NEMA, SEMA commended for keen interest in river-rine dwellers



A Riverine Area

TRANSITION Committee Chairman, Anambra East Local Goveernment Area, Anselm Onuorah has expressed gratitude to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Anambra State Emergency Management Agency(SEMA)  for their care and concern for riverine communities of the council.

  The chairman stated this at the council hall during a sensitisation tour by the two  agencies to the  local government to inform the residents around the Omambala River of the impending flood,  enlightening  them on the need to start early to avoid the deadly and negative side-effects of the flood.

  Dr Onuorah, on behalf of the management and people of the council, promised that they would put all they have been taught into practice and enjoined the people to always maintain  neat environment while thanking the audience for their interest in the lectures and patience by waiting even till late in the evening.

  Earlier in his address, Director, SEMA, Mr Chukwudi Onyejekwe, representing the Executive Secretary SEMA, Anambra State, informed the audience that weather forecasters, NINEST and NISA had predicted that there will be heavy rainfall and consequently, high rate of flood in 2022 and that 32 states and 235 local government areas including Anambra East and a few other LGAs in Anambra State will be affected.

  The SEMA boss described flood as disastrous, stating that it can kill humans, animals, crops; carries diseases and can render people homeless. He further disclosed that once there is flood, the streams and rivers get contaminated and that there is usually climate change after the flooding. He then, advised farmers to cultivate and harvest their crops before the flood commences.

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  Mr Onyejekwe equally called on the residents of the affected areas to start early to secure their essential items to safe abodes, informating them that it is not rainfall from only their geographical location that causes the flood but that heavy rainfall from Northern Nigeria, Senegal and even other countries can cause a river to overflow its banks to cause flooding.

  Furthermore, he warned them to keep their environment neat to avoid sicknesses associated with the flood, advising those residing in up-land areas not to block the gutters with debris or block erosion channels with buildings or fill their compounds with inter-lock making it difficult for rain to penetrate the ground for flood to flow freely. He added that the flood and flash flow are the ways Anambra East will be affected this year.

  As a remedy, he informed the audience that NEMA and SEMA have provided emergency centres in Anambra East LGA at Fr. Joseph’s Secondary School, Aguleri, Local Government Secretariat and Premier Primary School, Aguleri.

  He charged the T.C Chairman to encourage the Local Emergency Management Committee (LEMA) in taking care of these centres and the audience to help disseminate the information to those at home.

  In his own speech, Mr Kennedy Eke, a NEMA official from Abuja added that adults and children should be discouraged from moving about under the rain to avoid contacting diseases and sustaining injuries from broken bottles, nails, snakes, among others.

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