As the federal government responds to early warnings of flooding for 2013, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has started a series of sensitisation walks to enlighten target areas.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP WEEKEND yesterday, assistant zonal co-ordinator of the agency, Slaku Lugard Bijimi, said “The walk was a sensitisation programme on flood based on the 2013 predictions by NEIMET that the rains were going to be heavy and there is likelihood of flood again this year.”
He said “Kubwa is one of the flood prone areas in FCT and we have decided to come and sensitise the community and tell them what to do to avert it and minimise the impact if it finally comes.”
Slaku warned that flooding in the Kubwa areas could be “caused by the dam overflow, drain blockage and building on waterways.
He stated that flooding could also be averted by building and clearing drainages, ensuring good and clear water ways, avoiding building on waterways or near water among many other precautions.
Slaku asserted that flooding in Kubwa was not nature prone but caused by the carelessness of residents and landlords who refuse to take proper precautions.
The assistant zonal co-ordinator recalled that Kubwa was spared in the 2012 flooding but recalled that 2011 was disastrous for the areaa