The Bayelsa State Government has established dedicated call lines for residents in the state to report cases of flood in their areas.
The mobile numbers are 08025814636, 08110413567 and 09037582261.
The development is coming on the heels of the alert issued by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) that nine states, including Bayelsa, on the axis of River Niger and three others on the River Benue axis are set to experience floods.
In a joint statement on Monday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Daniel Iworiso-Markson and his Environment counterpart, Hon. Ebipatei Apaingolo, the government said the emergency call lines would be open for 24 hours, every day of the week.
The statement also urged residents to take advantage of the mobile numbers to report flood cases and also support government’s effort by keeping their immediate environment clean and open up drains within their vicinity.
The statement added that monitoring teams will be set up soon to go round the state to monitor flood prone areas and also respond swiftly to any emergency situation.
According to the statement, the government is partnering with relevant stakeholders and experts, including the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), to ensure that if the situation occurs, it is brought under control.
The statement maintained that proactive measures are geared towards preventing any reoccurrence of the 2012 flood disaster in the state.
The statement averred that Governor Seriake Dickson had mandated the Ministry of Information and Orientation and that of Environment to carry out the task of coordinating sensitisation and monitoring efforts to safeguard residents.