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Delta govt calls on people in flood-prone areas to relocate

– The Delta state government has warned that the River Niger is rising

– Due to the warning, the government has urged citizens in flood-prone areas to relocate

– The National Emergency Management Agency had earlier given an earlier warning

The government of Delta state has urged its citizens living in flood-prone areas to urgently relocate to safer areas as the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned that the level of water, especially in River Niger is rising.

The decision for Deltans in the flood-prone areas to urgently relocate was made known to journalists on Tuesday, August 6 by the commissioner for information, Charles Aniagwu shortly after the maiden state executive council (exco) meeting in the second term of Governor Okowa’s administration.

“Today, we had the inaugural exco meeting; a lot of far reaching decisions were taken and we resolved that we enlighten our members about the warning by NEMA that flood is rising and our people who are living in flood-prone areas should as a matter of urgency, relocate to safer areas.”

“Our governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa presided at the exco meeting and the issue of safety of our people in riverine communities was seriously discussed; measures are being put in place to ensure that the flood situation is properly managed.

“Recall that our governor was very proactive in managing the flood situations in the previous years and we are calling on our people to start relocating now,” Aniagwu said.

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The commissioner for works, Chief James Auguye in his contributions, disclosed that the exco also approved the construction of two more storm drainages to channel water “from Okotomi axis in Okpanam to terminate at Iyi Okwu stream and another from the specialist hospital to drain into the storm drainage on Ralph Uwechue street.”

Recently, Governor Okowa revealed that about 25 exotic houses built on water channels will be brought down as part of measures to address the perennial flooding in Okpanam community within Asaba, the Delta state capital.

Governor Okowa said he would step on toes to ensure the state capital is free of flooding, adding that eight different flooding projects have been identified.

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