The Anambra government signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with some private transport companies to facilitate timely delivery of relief materials to flood victims in the state.
Dr Justin Ijezie, Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha.
It will be recalled that the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had advised states in the lowlands and riverine areas of the country to take proactive measures to mitigate the effect of possible flood disaster this year.
Ijezie said that the agency was actively collaborating with ministries of environment, information and local government affairs to ensure early flood response preparation.
He said that already, the agency had distributed early warning billboards and handbills in the flood- prone areas of the state.
“Well, as of now, we are prepared, but the preparation is an on-going thing.
“So, we are prepared, we have got our trucks ready; we have got non-perishable relief materials.
“Then, we have signed MoU for the supply of things we cannot buy now because they are perishable; then with transporters in case we need to evacuate people or take relief materials in quick successions to complement our vehicles and boats.
“Then we are training people, we have given early warning to the communities.
“We educated their representatives – the president-generals, the igwes, the women leaders – that is the P-G women – the clergy and the school teachers.
“That is what we did at various points; Otuocha for Anambra-East, Atani for Ogbaru; Umeze Anam for Anambra-West.’’
Ijezie said that the agency was still monitoring the water level at River Niger and its tributaries, especially in Onitsha and its adjoining areas.
He said that the agency had recently trained some people on evacuation and camp management of flood victims.
“The pillars on Onitsha-Asaba Bridge – Niger Bridge – then we monitor it down to the stream at 33.
“There is that old bridge there, apart from the new bridge, we monitor it from there.
“Once we see water coming back to that bridge instead of going down to River Niger, then we tell the governor.
“And the governor will announce emergency immediately so as that the people affected can be evacuated.’’
Meanwhile, the state government in collaboration with the local government councils have commenced massive de-silting and clearance of drainage systems to ensure free flow of water near the River Niger.
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