Mother, four children killed in Abuja flood

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has expressed regrets over the death of a mother and her four children in Abuja on Saturday, after torrential rainfall in Gwagwalada area council that swept away some houses.

Speaking in Gwagwalada after an on the spot assessment of the damage done by the rainfall, the director, planning. research and forecasting of NEMA, Mr. Kayode Fagbemi advised residents of flood-prone areas to immediately move out to avoid more disasters.

He said, “It is unfortunate, especially because we have lost lives. This is exactly what we have been trying to educate people on.

“There is a culvert over there, it’s likely it has been blocked, and so the water had to find its way above the road and then affected the house or houses.

“We still want to educate people, we are still going to have more rainfalls, we want the people to please clear all their drainages, waterways should be cleared of waste, and people should move, people that are close to waterways like this should move.

“We don’t want to lose more lives, we don’t want to lose people. We want people to know that flood this year has been predicted and whatever we can do to save lives we will do”.

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Earlier in the year, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Retired Air Vice-Marshal Muhammadu Muhammad cautioned Nigerians residing in areas identified as flood risk areas to evacuate their facilities immediately to avert any form of disaster that may arise as a result of flooding.

According to Air Vice-Marshal, Muhammad about 102 local governments are expected to experience a high rate of flooding, he, however, notes that the agency has put in place measures to mitigate the impact.

In a statement, Mr. Muhammad said Kaura and Zaria local government areas in Kaduna state are among the high-risk areas and urged state emergency management agencies to help sensitize residents and prepare to evacuate communities.

The NEMA DG also advised governments to organise state humanitarian coordination forum meetings in order to prepare stakeholders for mitigation and response to floods when they hit.


Community sensitization and preparedness for flood disaster emergency in Jos North, plateau state

NEMA takes steps to avert flood disaster in Plateau communities
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday held a sensitisation programme in Jos aimed at averting flood disaster in Plateau.
Mr Eugene Nyelong, North Central Zonal Coordinator of NEMA said that the sensitisation was to prepare the people on the challenges of flooding that usually occur during the rainy season.
Nyelong said that there was also the need to develop capacity and build community resilience to help mitigate the challenges that have become recurrent decimal.
He said: “Earlier in the year, the Nigeria Metrological Services Agency and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency had in their seasonal rainfall prediction had revealed the areas that were prone to disaster.
“They projected that some local government areas in the country, and in our case, Barkin Lad is among the highly probable flood risk areas.
“Pankshin, Jos North, Jos South, Jos East, Kanke and Mangu are among the moderately probable flood risk local government areas.
“This timely and important information has helped us to design proactive programmes such as this and will be unfolding subsequently across the three states of Benue, Plateau and Nassarawa.”
He said that even though flood was a universal hazard, what distinguished the badly affected from the completely unaffected was attitude.
According to him, sensitisation would go a long way as part of efforts to mitigate flood disaster. He said that stakeholders have the responsibility to ensure that knowledge, skills or information were adequately and promptly communicated to the intended audience.
“This has greatly informed our change in strategy as an agency from the usual high table meeting to a participatory, grassroots engagement with a view to changing the narrative. “May I state in clear terms that global emergencies will continue to increase but our level of preparedness will help prevent avoidable deaths.