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Thousands at risk from floods

27 June 2013, 07:21

Abuja – About 300 impoverished communities risk being swept away by floods because of persistent rains in the Cross River State.

The Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Vincent Aquah, called on stakeholders in disaster management and federal agencies to help avert the impending catastrophe.

"...because of the effect of climate change, which has manifested monumental damage to the environment, it is absolutely necessary for stakeholders to synergize for proper management of disaster," he said in Abuja.

Aquah also urged residents in the flood-prone parts of the state to relocate to safer areas and avoid a recurrence of last year’s devastation.

Aquah also advised residents to implement de-silting drainage systems and avoid wanton dumping of refuse.

Cross River was one of the states that suffered harsh consequences of last year's flood disaster, which killed 13 people and injured more than 30.

The disaster displaced more than 49 000 people while farms, schools and churches were not spared.

- CAJ News


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