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.

Two-story building under construction in Dawaki, off Kubwa Expressway, Abuja collapsed

A two-storey building under construction in Dawaki, off Kubwa Expressway, Abuja collapsed today. Search and Rescue team of NEMA, FCT Emergency Management Agency, Nigeria SecurityandCivilDefense Corp (NSCDC), The Nigerian Police and a construction company rescued 10 trapped workers. 3 had minor injuries, 7 were taken to the hospital which one of them was fatally injured having been covered by the rubbles and being the last to be removed.
The Director Search and Rescue of NEMA Air Commodore Edward Adedokun, while addressing media at the site, said “there was a building collapse at the early hours of today 25 Jul 20 at about 1040hrs at a construction site located at News Engineering, Dawaki off Kubwa dual Express way.
“Upon receipt of an alert around 1050hrs, the SAR team from NEMA Abuja Operations Office scrambled to the site. Soon enough DG FCT Emergency Management Agency Idris Abbas and his team, The Nigerian Police led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations FCT Command, Director Development Control FCDA, FCT Fire Service, NSCDC, MOPOL and order responders were at the site along with ERT from HQ NEMA.
“Appropriate equipment were deployed to excavate the rubbles of the collapsed structure in the search for and immediate rescue of any persons trapped within. All hands were on deck for the SAR operation. I was there to coordinate the emergency agencies and stakeholders.
“10 persons were rescued in the morning with 3 of them injured and evacuated to Kubwa Gen Hospital. About 1719hrs the evening one body was recovered and taken to Kubwa Gen Hospital.
The Operation came to close at about 1825hrs and the site handed over to the Police.

NEMA delivers relief items to persons affected by windstorms in Kwara State

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)
Garri (12.5kg)
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
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4100 households in Teachers Village Camp receive relief items

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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NEMA Delivers relief to affected Traders at Ogbogonogo Market Asaba

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.
Others were:
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.

NEMA Mourns death of North East Zonal Coordinator

NEMA staff were today thrown into mourning and sober reflection following the death of the North East zonal coordinator Alhaji Ahmed Saidu Minim. He died in Maiduguri after a brief illness.
The management and staff commiserate with his family and pray for the repose of his soul.
The late Minim was Deputy Director Relief and Rehabilitation. He had previously served as Head of Gombe Operations office and at the Headquarters in Abuja as the Head of Vulnerable Groups Care Unit in the Department of Relief and Rehabilitation.