The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning to parents and guardians against letting their children play in the rain during flooding.

The Coordinator of NEMA, South-East zone, Mr Fred Anusim, said this on Tuesday while delivering an Early Warning sensitisation tour of Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government Area (LGA) and Umueze Anam, Anambra West LGA of Anambra state.

According to him, parents and guardians must take heed now that schools were on break.

He pointed out that floodwaters carry dangerous reptiles, such as snakes, scorpions, and ants.

“The prediction from Metrological Agency and Hydrological Service Agency is that the country will experience flooding from September, the water level is high and the reptiles are already out.

“Each time it rains and there is flooding, especially in the coastal communities, these reptiles move with the flood and you might be attacked if you move in these waters,’’ he said.

Anusim advised residents to abandon their properties and move to safer areas the moment the rains start pouring down in coastal areas.

Meanwhile, the Executive Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mr Emeka Obinwa, informed the displaced persons in the state that government had already put in place holding centres for them to stay.

The holding centres are located at: Fr. Joseph’s Memorial School, Aguleri; Premier Primary School, Umueri; General Hospital, Umueri; St. Augustine Umuoba; Council Secretariat, Otuocha and Unity Primary School, Umuoba.

“Life is worth more than property. The moment you notice that your area is getting flooded, pick the small bag in which you put your essentials and relocate to safety immediately,” Obinwa said.

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