NEMA warns against block­ing wa­ter­ways

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Us­man A. Bello, Benin

The Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) has ad­vised res­i­dents of Edo, Delta and Bayelsa states against block­ing wa­ter­ways in their re­spec­tive ar­eas.

The Head, NEMA Op­er­a­tions Of­fice in charge of Edo, Bayelsa and Delta, Wal­son Ibarakumo Bran­don, who gave the ad­vice in Benin in a tele­phone in­ter­view with our re­porter at the week­end, said block­ing of wa­ter chan­nel was the main cause of flash floods.

He said the agency had vis­ited the three states un­der its con­trol, es­pe­cially the flood prone area, to sen­si­tize res­i­dents on the need not to block wa­ter chan­nel to en­sure free flow of wa­ter.

“NEMA, in con­junc­tion with lo­cal govern­ment of­fi­cials, has been sen­si­tiz­ing com­mu­ni­ties iden­ti­fied pre­vi­ously as prone to flood­ing on what to do to pre­vent flood­ing as well as mit­i­gat­ing its im­pact when it oc­curs in their re­spec­tive ar­eas,” he said.

Wal­son said, “For now, the states un­der our con­trol have not wit­nessed se­ri­ous flood­ing but we are not re­lent­ing in sen­si­tiz­ing the peo­ple,” he said.

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