The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has raised the alarm over a looming flood disaster in the state this year.
In a statement in Awka, the state capital, on Wednesday by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Uju Nwogu, the governor urged those living in riverside areas of the state to be watchful to avoid loss of lives and destruction of property.
In 2012 Anambra communities of Ayamelum, Anambra East, Anambra West, Ogbaru, Awka North and some other areas were submerged in flood occasioned by torrential rainfall.
Obiano explained in the statement that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had made a forecast that Anambra State would experience excessive flooding between the months of September and October this year particularly in the riverside communities of the state.
The governor said in anticipation of the flood, the state government had embarked on the preparation of camps in different locations of the state to accommodate those who would likely be displaced by the flood.
He stressed the need for residents of the state to begin to take proactive measures to stem the tide of flooding or where necessary, relocate to the upland to avoid being caught unawares.
The governor urged the media to help educate the public on the impending disaster, describing information as key in circumstances such as the one in question.