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NEMA urges preventive measures against flooding

NEMA urges preventive measures against flooding

Zubaida Umar, the Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has underscored the necessity of proactive measures to tackle the anticipated 2024 flood disaster. 

Speaking at the National Emergency Coordination Forum, ECF, meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, Umar stressed the significance of early warning systems coupled with prompt actions to alleviate the effects of disasters.

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMet, and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, have forecasted floods in various states and local government areas, LGAs, deemed high-risk from April to November.

“The prediction informed that in April, May, and June, 25 states and 72 local government areas (LGAs) are within flood-high-risk areas, indicating heightened vulnerability to flooding.

“This vulnerability is said to persist into subsequent months of July to September with 33 States and 135 LGAs identified as high-risk areas, while the period between October and November has 19 States and 44 LGAs,” she said.

Following the predictions, NEMA convened an experts’ technical meeting to analyse the disaster management implications and develop a 2024 climate-related disaster preparedness and mitigation strategy.

“Based on the predictions, various recommendations have been made as preparedness and mitigation actions to be taken by relevant stakeholders to reduce possible impacts.

“This also serves as an early warning message to the general public,” she said.

Recommendations include community sensitisation, clearing waterways, monitoring dam discharge, and relocating flood-prone communities.

Umar urged stakeholders to take the recommendations seriously to prevent loss of lives and property.

The DG emphasised the need for regular coordination meetings among emergency sectors to respond to adverse climate-related situations effectively.

She then called on all participants to disseminate the messages to grassroots levels for appropriate action.

Umar reiterated NEMA’s commitment to reducing the impact of predicted flooding and providing necessary support to affected persons.

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