The Anambra State government has advised people living in flood-prone communities in the State to prepare to vacate these places and move to more safer areas.
This is based on the reports from the Nigerian Hydrological Agency where it stated that communities and states on the banks of the River Niger and River Benue will be affected by sustained heavy rains expected in the month of September.
Communities in the Local Government area that will be affected include Anambra West, Anambra East, Onitsha South, Onitsha North, Ogbaru, Ihiala, Ayamelum, and Awka North.
According to C. Don Adinuba, Commissioner for Information & Public Enlightenment,in a statement issued, he noted that the state will provide holding centres where people will stay until the flood recedes.
The Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been given a list of the designated centres also. At these centres, clean water, mattresses, bed sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets and all necessary sanitary facilities will be provided. They will also be given drugs, and medical personnel like doctors, nurses and pharmacists will be available to attend to them promptly. Water ambulances will, in addition, be made available.
As regards security, the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Anambra State Vigilante Group will ensure that everything runs smoothly.
The Transition Committees of the relevant LGAs are advised to work with SEMA to ensure that the impact of the heavy flood is mitigated while the people are advised to rise to this challenge like members of one united family.