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.
NEMA Lagos Territorial office staff and LASEMA officials carried out rescue at Gafari Balogun Street, Ogudu where building collapsed on two teenagers; and at Orile Agege where flood swept away a four year old girl. @officialdgnema @fmhds_ng
NEMA has distributed relief items to persons affected by windstorms in Irepodun, Isin, Oke-Ero and Ekiti Local Government Areas of Kwara State.
Preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic were adopted during the relief distribution.
Items distributed were:
Rice 665 bags (12.5kg)
Beans 665 bags (25kg)
Salt 33 bags (20kg)
Vegetable oil 66 kegs (20ltrs)
Seasoning 66 cartons
Tin tomatoes 110 cartons
Mattresses 1300 pieces
Blankets 1995 pieces
Mosquito nets 1995 pieces
Others were building materials that include: Cement 600 bags
Ceiling board 600 pieces
3″ nails 75 bags
Roofing sheets 600 bundles and Zinc nails 150 packets @officialdgnema
A joint rescue team of NEMA, Federal Fire Service and Edo SEMA yesterday evacuated 18 persons trapped in their homes by flash flood in Etete and 2nd Ugbor areas of Benin City, Edo State.
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4100 households in Teachers Village Camp each received Rice (12.5kg), Maize (12.5kg), Beans (25kg) and Assorted condiments (4.6kg) as foodstuffs for the next one month. The food distribution is for the IDPs in camp, liberated and host communities in Borno State.
The IDPs were excited and appreciative to Mr President and HM @sadiya.farouq as @nemanigeria under @officialdgnema delivered food items in good time for monthly distribution to them.
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The HM @sadiya.farouq of @fmhds_ng flagged off distribution of relief supports delivered to Delta State by NEMA for distribution to affected traders of the recent fire incident at Ogbogonogo Market, Asaba. @officialdgnema @iaokowa
The HM @sadiya.farouq and @officialdgnema with the @festuskeyamo70 HM of State for Labour and Employment, also delivered the sympathy of Mr President to Gov @iaokowa and the affected persons. They also visited the burnt market and interacted with the traders.
The items delivered include: 120 sewing machines
100 hair dryers
80 grinding machines
625 bags of rice
625 bags of maize, 625 bags of beans
31 bags of salt
63 kegs of vegetable oil.
85 cartons of Tin tomatoes 56 cartons of seasoning 1,875 bags of cement
300 bundles of roofing sheets
300 packs of zinc nails
625 bags of 3 inches nails and 750 pieces of ceiling boards.