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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

NEMA issues flood alert in five Kwara LGs

NEMA issues flood alert in five Kwara LGs

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has warned residents of Kwara State about imminent high and moderate flooding in five local government areas, as the rainy season begins. 

NEMA's Director-General, Mrs. Zubaida Umar, delivered the warning in Ilorin during the 2024 Downscaling of Flood Early Warnings Systems at the state level.

Represented by the Director of Disaster and Risk Reduction, Mr. Daniel Obot, Mrs. Umar identified the at-risk areas as Pategi, Edu, Kaiama, Asa, and Baruten.

She urged the Kwara State Government to take proactive measures to mitigate the potential flooding.

She listed the Local Government Areas, which are under high and moderate flood risk areas to include Pategi, Edu, Kaiama, Asa and Baruten.

The DG who was represented by the Director of Disaster Risk Reduction of NEMA, Mr Daniel Obot, however, called on the Kwara Government to take proactive measures to mitigate flooding in the state.

Quoting the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency, 2024 Annual Flood Outlook, she said that 31 States with 148 LGAs have been predicted to be within the high flood-risk areas.

She also added that 35 States including FCT with 249 LGAs are considered to fall within the modern flood risk areas.

“The remaining 377 LGAs are forecasted for the low flood risk areas. These flood risk areas are presented with their degree of vulnerability to serve as a tool for governments at all levels to develop risk reduction measures to avert disaster losses during this rainy season.

“Similarly, sectors of agriculture and food security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, health, transportation, and persecution security amongst others are to set up mechanisms for disaster preparedness and risk reduction based on the early action strategies,” she said.

In his reaction, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Saba Mamman-Jubril, commended the Agency for their proactive measures.

Jubril who represented Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the event advised on the need for dyke or levee, an embankment constructed along a riverbank or coastal shoreline to prevent the flow of floodwaters onto land.

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