Nigeria: FEMA Alerts Residents On Imminent Severe Flooding

21 September 2020

The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has again issued an alert on imminent and severe flooding in riverine areas within the FCT.

The director-general of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, while speaking to journalists in Abuja, warned that the intransigent river coming from nine countries could affect some neighbouring States of Rivers, Niger and Benue.

Idriss added that though the FCT was not on the red alert, that it could be at the risk of heavier flooding due its closeness to neighbouring red-line States.

He added that the agency is prepared to handle any eventuality that might arise.

According to him, "About nine rivers in nine countries are discharging their contents in a river that will eventually flow into River Niger and settle at Lokoja", he said.

Idriss, who described the flooding in the FCT as human-induced, appealed to FCT residents to desist from activities that could lead to flooding.

He stressed that the FCT administration cannot afford to lose more lives as a result of the reckless behaviour of those, who refused to adhere to early warnings from relevant authorities.

He however called on residents living around the riverine and flood-prone areas to relocate to higher grounds, clear the drainages, avoid dumping refuse on water ways and avoid driving through flooded water.

Idriss, who assured residents that the agency is working hard to mitigate any possible effect of flooding in the FCT, added that it also strengthened its volunteers/vanguards in all the area councils to sensitize the people using town criers, in addition to mounting of reflective billboards at various flood-prone points to caution the residents.

Abbas further challenged religious leaders, community heads and well- meaning Nigerians to take responsibility of this public education and sensitise people around them.

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