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Cross River working to sort out flooding, says commissioner

The Cross River State Government has mentioned it’s taking steps in the direction of containing the affect of any eventual flooding within the state.

The Cross River Commissioner for Environment, Mr Moses Osogi, said this following predictions by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.

Osogi instructed the News Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Friday that the plan adopted the 2024 prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet which listed the state as flood-prone.

He mentioned that the state authorities had made preparations in the direction of lowering the affect of flooding within the state through the 12 months.

“We are doing the whole lot needed to make sure that the affect is decreased to the barest minimal, we will additionally make sure that these in flood-prone areas are protected.

“Apart from the sensitisation programmes being carried out by the government, those in flood prone areas have been advised to move to the upland,” he mentioned.

The commissioner mentioned that though flooding was a pure incidence, the placement of Cross River made it vulnerable to such incidence.

“As a authorities, we’re conscious of this reality, we’re working according to the prediction and warnings of NiMet.

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“As a part of efforts to mitigate the affect, now we have cleared most drainage and water channels throughout the state for straightforward stream of water.

“Those within the riverine and flood-prone areas have additionally been suggested to relocate to the upland for security.

“For those moving, the government, through the State Emergency Management Agency is working on shelter for them,” he mentioned.

Osogi warned residents of the state in opposition to erecting constructions on waterways, saying that the state authorities would prosecute anybody discovered flouting the order.

It could be recalled that NiMet in its 2024 annual flood outlook, mentioned that 148 native governments in 31 states fell inside excessive flood danger areas.

Only lately, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Utserv, mentioned that some states had already began experiencing various ranges of flooding and its related disasters.

He said that many of the flood incidents recorded to this point had been flash or city floods, ensuing from excessive rainfall and poor or blocked drainage methods.

NAN.

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