Asaba—DELTA State Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Antonia Ashiedu, has warned farmers and traders currently residing within flood-prone areas in the state to vacate immediately in their interest to avoid being caught up in an imminent flood disaster.
Already, report from Abari community in Patani Local Government Area of the state, has it that coastal erosion has gradually started to wash away houses into the Forcados River as this year’s rain gathers momentum.
Ashiedu gave the advice in Asaba, during the issuance of certificates to 108 cluster groups in Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state who benefited from the state government’s free-interest loan Micro Credit Programme, DMCP.
She said that the advice became necessary because a good number of clients of the programme were affected in last year’s national flood disaster, lamenting that some of them were either internally displaced or lost their wares to the flooding.
It will be recalled that during a recent stakeholders forum on Territorial Approach To Climate Change, TACC, in Asaba, while giving an overview of the Territorial Approach to Climate Change programme in Delta State, the Permanent Secretary/Head, Climate Change Unit in the state Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Felicia Adun, warned against impending danger, explaining in detail the vulnerability of Delta State to flood