Executive Secretary, State Environmental Management Agency, SEMA, in Anambra State, Chief Paul Odenigbo, has called on people living along the river banks in 10 flood-prone local government areas to prepare their luggage.
Odenigbo told NAN yesterday in Awka, the state capital that the affected people must be ready to move out of their homes “when the expected flooding of the areas starts.
“It is becoming obvious that we may witness flooding in the affected areas this time around.
“I am calling on the residents of the areas to prepare their belongings, especially their certificates, important property and clothes.
“The state government has completed plans to convey such persons to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camps which will house them when such happens.
“Since June, July and August, we have gone round to the communities on sensitisation campaign.
“So, it is the duty of the yet to be affected victims to make sure that their valuables will not be affected again this time as it was in 2012,” he said.
Odenigbo said that the UN, European Union and other international bodies had indicated interest in helping the affected victims whenever they were taken to the designated camps.
“The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs visited us recently; the European Union and National Emergency Management Agency, have also visited us all in a bid to show their support when the intending disaster occurs.
“They will only render assistance when the actual number of IDPs in the state is ascertained but it is the primary responsibility of the state government to prepare ground for housing and evacuation of victims,” he said.
The local governments areas listed to be in danger are Anambra East, Anambra West, Anyamelum, Onitsha North, Onitsha South, Ogbaru, Awka North, Idemili South, Ekwusigo and Ihiala.

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