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Delta State Govt Issues Flood Alert To Residents

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By Daniel Dafe, Abraka

The Delta State government has alerted communities along the banks of the River Niger of the likelihood of a strong impact during what was described as “imminent flood”.

A statement from the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), therefore called on the authorities of local government councils, traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders in areas likely to be impacted to educate and advise their subjects to step up preparation against the flood prediction in order to reduce the level of destruction of lives and properties.

According to the statement, the local government areas are Oshimili South and North, Ndokwa East and West, Isoko North and South, Ughelli South, Burutu, Bomadi, Patani, Aniocha South, Sapele, Warri North and South, Warri South West and Udu.

This, is a follow up to the announcement by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that warned that 28 states including Delta and the FCT will most likely experience flooding this year.

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Similarly, the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET) in its 2021 seasonal climatic forecast has also observed that signals monitored by the agency indicate that the country is very likely to experience unprecedented heavy downpour.

Consequently, as a further cautionary measure, the state government charged citizens and residents to avoid indiscriminate dumping of waste into drainage systems and natural water ways and to also avoid building on natural water ways.

It also advised that people living on the banks of the River Niger should plan to relocate to higher grounds especially when the level of the river starts rising.

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