NEMA alerts Imo residents to impending flood

Gibson Achonu, Owerri

The National Emergency Management Agency has raised the alarm over possible flooding in some communities in Imo State and called on the residents to be on the alert.

The Assistant Head of Operations, Owerri Operations Office, NEMA, Mr Chidi Ogundu, raised the alarm on Monday during a sensitisation campaign in flood-prone communities in the state.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had earlier predicted torrential rainfall in 28 states, including Imo.

Ogundu said some communities in Imo State had come under serious flood attack since 2012, with no fewer than 80 houses submerged by flood in Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta local government areas in 2019.

He said the NEMA Director-General, Mallam Mohammed Mohammed, had approved a rally in Imo to send signals to flood-prone communities on early warning and the need to be alert at all times.

He advised residents of riverbank areas to always monitor sea levels and report unusual rise in water levels to appropriate authorities for quick action.

“We have come to sensitise you to the danger ahead and if our early warning measures are adhered to, such danger can be averted,” Ogundu added.