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Delta ready to mitigate flooding

28 October 2013, 12:35

Asaba - The Delta Commissioner for the Bureau for Special Duties, Dr Tony Nwaka, says the State Government has made adequate preparations to mitigate the impact of flooding in the state.

Nwaka made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba on Sunday.

He said that drains and water channels in the state had been cleared while structures on natural waterways in the flood-prone areas had also been removed.

The commissioner, however, noted that although the Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) had predicted heavy rainfall this year, the rains might not result in flooding.

He recalled that by September 2012, some parts of the state had already been flooded, adding “we are now in October and nothing has happened”.

He said that all the structures used to manage flooding in 2012 were still intact.

“NIMET predicted that we might experience the same kind of flooding we had last year because of increase in rainfall, it appears we have had a very heavy down pour this year.

“The consequences that would have resulted from that have been largely mitigated by the measures taken by the State Government.”

He noted that the State Government had also sensitised flood-prone communities on what to do to prevent flooding.

Nwaka called on communities affected by flooding this year to be vigilant until it was certain that the waters had receded.

-  NAN

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