Anambra State Government has advised people in flood-prone communities to get ready to vacate these places and move to safer areas.
This is sequel to reports by the Nigerian Hydrological Services that Communities and States on the banks of the River Niger and Benue will be affected by sustained heavy rains expected this month in West African countries through which the River Niger runs its course.
A statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C-Don Adinuba listed communities in Anambra East and West, Onitsha North and South, Ogbaru, Ihiala, Ayamelum, and Awka North local government areas as the risk communities.
According to the statement, Anambra State Government is providing holding centers where the affected people will stay until floods recede adding that Anambra State Emergency Management Agency has been given a list of the designated centers.
It further stated that the centers will be provided with clean water, mattresses, bed sheets, blankets, mosquito nets, buckets and all necessary sanitary facilities.
They will also be given drugs, and medical personnel like doctors, nurses assuring that pharmacists will be available to attend to them promptly as Water ambulances will in addition, be made available.
According to the statement Security agencies drawn from the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Navy, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Anambra State Vigilante Group will ensure excellent security.
It urged Transition Committee Chairmen of the affected Local Government Areas to get in touch with State Emergency Management Agency for briefing on the implementation of the measures to mitigate the impact of the heavy floods.