….Inspect and Monitor Water Level at Tributaries of River Niger at Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema LGAs Imo State.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), South-South Zonal office in collaboration with Bayelsa State Emergency Management Agency (BYSEMA) has carried out a flood assessment in Bayelsa State.
According to a report on NEMA Website, the assessment followed a report of a Flood in the state by an affected person Mr. Pere Elako.
The NEMA team was led by Felix Akakara (SSARO). Other team members were the Chairman of BYSEMA Igrubia Walaman Sam and the community members. Communities so far affected include Akenfa in Yenagoa LGA, Amassomma in Southern Ijaw LGA, and Ayama in Ogbia LGA.
Farmlands, Crops, fishponds, buildings, and household property were damaged by the flood.
The zone is still monitoring the development across the state.
In another development and sequel to the red alert against flooding by the Federal Government through the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that states on the course of River Niger and Benue will experience flooding, NEMA Owerri Operations Office led by the Ag. Head, Mr. Nnaji Ifeanyi was at Oguta Lake and the Urasi River both in Imo State to inspect and monitor the level of the water as Ogbaru Local Government Area in Anambra State is already flooded.
Ogbaru LGA is situated at the bank of River Niger and a neighbouring LGA to Oguta and Ohaji/Egbema LGAs in Imo State.
Oguta Lake and Urasi River are tributaries of River Niger and the inspection showed that the water level is rising and many farmlands have already been submerged in the two Local Government Areas.
Mr. Nnaji while interacting with some of the inhabitants of the affected communities, advised that they should move to higher ground and also harvest their crops as the flood will intensify in the coming weeks.