Communities in Delta State have been advised by the state government to rid its drainage channels of refuse in the wake of recent flooding in the country.

The Delta State Government also urged residents in the state to stop clogging drainage systems through indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

Mr Chris Onogba, the State Commissioner for Environment, made this assertion in Owhelogbo community during an inspection tour of flood-prone areas in Isoko North Local Government Area by officials of the Ministry of Environment.

“Building on natural waterways and blocking drainage channels have been a serious problem in some of our communities.

“Flooding arises whenever the river overflows its banks and when natural waterways are blocked, flood takes over.

“People should stop illegal dumping of refuse into drainage channels to mitigate the effects of flooding,” Onogba said.

Following the 2019 Flood Alert released by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA), the Commissioner urged resident residing in low lands to move away to safer areas.

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