As the rainy season begins in Edo State, the government has enjoined residents to be cautious and take proactive measures, including clearing drainages around their surroundings, to avert flooding in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie in a statement urged residents to stop the indiscriminate dumping of dirt and refuse into gutters and other water channels as this can cause blockage, leading to avoidable flooding.
He, however, reassured that all relevant agencies of government have been put on red alert to adequately respond to any unforeseen occurrence during heavy downpours.
He advised parents to avoid sending children on errands when it is about to rain or immediately after rainfall and urged drivers to be wary of manholes and various construction sites in the state.
The Special Adviser also advised members of the public to avoid walking or driving in the rain, especially near drainage. He warned against walking in floodwaters because of live electric cables, to avoid electrocution and advised residents to switch off all utilities in the building once it starts to rain.
Mr. Osagie assured that the state government has taken serious measures to ensure there is free flow of floodwater, adding that the government has made adequate preparations to ensure the safety of lives and property of residents of the state.
By Besiru Enakhimion.