The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged residents in seven flood-prone communities in Ohaji/ Egbema and Oguta Local Government of Imo State to be ready to quit as unusual rise in the sea level has been observed.
The agency said farmlands in the seven communities have already been submerged by the overflowing rivers in the area. It said the Orachi River and Oguta Lake have both risen above the 2012 level.
The head of Imo/Abia operations office of NEMA, Mr Evans Ugoh, who led officials to assess the sea level in the flood-prone communities, said both Oguta Lake and Orashi River have risen above normal.
He said following the persistent rise in the sea level, a possible flooding might occur, saying ,“You must continue to monitor movement of sea constantly and report to us where necessary for immediate action”.
Ugoh gave name of communities under threat as Ossemotto, Oguta, Eziorsu and Orsuobodo.
While advising the prone communities on daily observance of the sea in their area, Ugoh also gave other communities under threat as Opuowa, Mmahu and Etekwuru.
“NEMA has already strategized with other disaster stakeholders on the development for immediate response in case of any emergency.
“Prone communities must be alert and always mnitor the movement of sea in their area and report same to the agency promptly for immediate action”, .
He said NEMA was taking serious measures to avoid reoccurrence of the 2012 flooding saying “Residents in the area must be ready to quit to avoid major casualties should there be any flooding”.