RESIDENTS of coastal line in Delta State have been called upon to start making plans on how to relocate to safer places to avoid being enveloped by the Impending flood to be occasioned by the gradual release of excess water from the Lagdo dam in Cameroon. The Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, made the call while reacting to the warning raised by the Federal Government about the impending flood that will be witnessed across the country specially in coastal line states like Delta.

Otuaro, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Doris Warri-Aboh, said relocation was apt to avoid recording high level of casualty when .the flood sets in, emphasizing that the state was able to evacuate people to internally displaced camps in 2012 because they yielded to the timely warning by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET). He said the state government was not ready to lose a single soul to the flood; hence the need for people to be alert, especially residents of areas affected by the flood of 2012.

While expressing worry with the way some people had erected structures on waterways and canals, thereby blocking the water from flowing into its route, he pointed out that the outburst of flood may have severe consequences. Otuaro advised owners of public and private buildings to embark on clearing of their surroundings and gutters as a deliberate effort to promote good health.

The deputy governor appealed to the various parties to shelve their sword of discord and practice the politics of accommodation for the overall development He equally called on traditional rulers and opinion leaders to assist government in enlightening their people about the forthcoming flood and the need to keep their environment clean to avoid outbreak of diseases like malaria and cholera. He said government was committed to the fight against environmental degradation and anything capable of exposing the state to environmental hazard.

He urged Deltans to work as a team in combating this year's flood to avoid casualty in evacuation of people to camps for refuge.