Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, Delta State, Hon. Chika Ossai has urged Deltans living in riverine communities to brace up for flood to avoid loss of lives and property this rainy season.
Hon. Ossai, in Asaba, said the warning had become necessary to avoid casualties as a result of flood.
According to him, “it is important that we are prepared for flood, this is rainy season and we should not be taken unawares because that will be disastrous.”
“We don’t want any casualty as a result of flood, we, at the Bureau for Special Duties, the State Emergency Relief Agency in conjunction with the National Emergency Management Agency is prepared to tackle any emergency situation, but, it is better to avoid any unhealthy occurrence.”
The Commissioner disclosed that last year’s flood could have been disastrous if not for the awareness that made people to be prepared.
He added, “there is nothing wrong in taking precautionary measures, we should adopt safety measures, especially, those of us in flood-prone areas, because, water will not give prior warning before it overflows its banks.”
On the flooding being witnessed in Asaba metropolis, Hon. Ossai said, “it is unfortunate that whenever it rains, some parts of the town is flooded for some minutes; government is working towards effective flood control in the state capital, but, we should also help ourselves by clearing our drains, especially on days declared for sanitation.”
“We should imbibe good habits towards our environment, we should not block the drains or build on waters ways, we should learn to dispose our wastes properly and the situation will not be as bad as we are witnessing,” he said, asserting, “While we wait for government to construct drains, we should learn to maintain existing ones.”
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot