Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro has sounded a categorical warning to residents living around the coastal line in Delta State, to relocate from such areas and avoid being engulfed by the impending flood.
Barr Otuaro, who have this warning against the backdrop of the recent Federal Government flood alert that coastal states would witness flooding as a result of the gradual release of excess water from Lagdo dam in Cameroon, said that the early directive on relocation was necessary to avoid recording high levels of casualty when the flood eventually flows in, adding that the state was able to evacuate people to internally displaced person’s camps in 2012 because they yielded to the timely warning by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NIMET.
The Delta Deputy Governor expressed worry with the way some people erect structures on waterways and canals, thereby blocking the waters from flowing into its route and advised owners of public and private buildings to embark on the clearing of their surroundings and gutters as a deliberate effort to promote good environmental health habits.
He equally called on traditional rulers and opinion leaders to assist government to enlighten their people about the impending flood and the need to keep their environment clean to avoid outbreak of diseases like malaria and cholera.
Otuaro then stressed that government, was committed to the fight against environmental degradation and anything capable of exposing the state to environmental hazard.