Abuja – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for adequate preparations for possible flooding in Rivers State.
Speaking during a stakeholders’ seminar in Port Harcourt, which the state organised to conduct an overview of the 2012 flood as well as the management of solid and liquid waste in flood prone areas of the State, the Zonal Co-ordinator of the Agency Emenike Umesi stressed the need for early identification of higher grounds for the relocation of flood victims.
He said this would ensure the victims’ safety in the event of flooding as forecasted by weather experts.
Umesi called for the establishment of State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMA) and Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMC) to enable Government realise disaster risk reduction in the zone.
The official said the non-existence of SEMA and LEMC had been the greatest obstacle in flood management.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties, Umunakwe Dickson, said the Government was working hard to ensure that the impending flood did not wreak havoc in the affected communities.
He said a series of seminars have been held in all the flood-prone areas across the State in order to stop the impending incident.
Recurrent floods have previously wrecked havoc in the Rivers State.
In June, a number of communities in the state, mostly fishing settlements, were submerged in floods following heavy rainfall.
– CAJ News