From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Following the prediction of Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) and the National Emergency Management (NEMA) that there would be more flood this year, the Rivers State government said it will purchase 30 flying boats and one Marine Ambulance to be stationed at Orash River.
The Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr. Dickson Umunakwe, stated this On Thursday during a flood alert awareness programme organised in collaboration NEMA in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Umunakwe said the flying boats would be distributed to the five Local Government Areas in the state affected by flood.
He said the government was aware of the last flood disaster in the state and had decided to be ready to tackle this year’s flood disaster and also prepare the mind of those likely to be affected this year.
While answering questions from flood victims, the commissioner said: “This year, we are ready to battle any flood disaster. That is why we are here today to alert you on what to do during flood outbreak. You must play your own role to assist the government.
“I have presented your plight before the National Flood Committee and the state government is doing everything possible to ensure maximum protection of your life, that is why we have plans to purchase six flying boats in each of the affected Local Governments and one Marine Ambulance to be stationed at Orash River located at Ahoada West.
Mr. Damien Egwu, NEMA Desk officer who represented the Rivers State Zonal coordinator of NEMA said: “It is compulsory and a welcome development that the Rivers State is sensitizing the people on what to do during flood disaster to minimize the suffering of flood victim during disaster.”