The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has urged the Rivers state government to prepare for floods in about 15 local councils in the state between May and June this year.
Godwin Tepikor, South-South Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, made this known in a statement on Wednesday.
According to him, some of the councils will suffer moderate flooding while the others will suffer high flooding.
Obio Akpor, Orashi region, Ogoni, Degema, Ogu/Bolo, Khana, Opobo/Nkoro, Akuku-Toru, Omuma, Etche, and Emohua were listed as councils to suffer moderate flooding.
Ahoada East, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Andoni, Bonny, Tai, Asari-Toru, Eleme, Ahoada West, Abua/Odual, Port Harcourt, Obio/Apkor, Ikwerre, Gokana, Okrika and Oyigbo councils were predicted for high flood risk.
“From the prediction, some councils are expected to experience flooding from April, May, and June this year. As we go along this month, it is expected that there will be heavy rainfall, which will herald flooding,” he said.
“I want to advise that government and residents should take advantage of the yearly flood outlook to mitigate and avert losses of life and property through adequate coordination and flood early warning and sensitization campaigns,” he added.