The Director General of State Emergency Management System (SEMA), Mr John Inaku of Cross River State, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar the state capital that residents living in flooded areas in Calabar Metropolis to desist from dumping refuse along the water channels.
Inaku, explained that the the rate of flooding in some part of Calabar was due to the high level of refuse dumped along the water channels. He said the refuse had blocked the free flow of water through the channels and that this was dangerous to the occupants.
Efiote Round About, Parliamentary Road, Target St. by Goldie, Ekpo-Abasi Junction, MCC Road, Federal Housing by SPC Junction amongst others are areas affected by the flood and mentioned by the Director General.
In other for the residents to be enlightened on the dangers of dumping refuse along the waterways, he urged agencies to carry out sensitization programs on radio, television and during town hall meetings.
“In the past few weeks, we have experienced massive flooding in some parts of the state capital. The flooding usually occurs because the channels are not opened to free flow of water. As an agency, we are also encouraging residents of Calabar to plant tree and also maintain a good hygienic environment.” Says Inaku.
Inaku also said that people seeking for residential houses should be very careful in choosing where to live, so as to avoid living in building built on waterways.