Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
In order to avert the perennial flooding in some parts of Imo State, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with the Emergency Management Vanguard (EMV) of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC in Imo State has begun evacuation of debris from major drainages and canals in Owerri metropolis.
The Coordinator of NEMA Owerri operation officer, Dr. Innocent Ezeaku who led the team recently said the agency was only concerned with the likely incident of flooding in some parts of the state. He said the only way to avert the likely occurrence of flooding in the near future was to open all the existing water channels. “The existing water channels only needed to be opened and cleared of refuse to accommodate sufficient volume of flood waters in the coming days”, he said. Ezeaku blamed some of the flood incidence recorded in the state on blockage of drainages by sand and refuse.
He advised people residing within the flood prone areas to relocate to a safer places until the rainy season is over. The NEMA boss also urged the people to always abide by environmental regulations. “We should all abide by the principles guarding the environment and equally stick to early warning measures”, he said. Ezeaku recalled that the agency had earlier organized a meeting with relevant stakeholders based on seasonal rain fall, where the public were sensitized on importance of adhering to flood early warning.
He however, advocated for strict enforcement of monthly sanitation exercise in the state, adding that it would go a long way in flood control. The President of Emergency Management Vanguard MPV of the NYSC, Mr. Ajede Chika said corps members under the vanguard would continue to work closely with NEMA in emergency management. He said the exercise was part of their Community Development Service to the state as corps members.