The Federal Government has appealed to state governments to put in place structural and non-structural measures towards flood mitigation and prevention as the rains intensify.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made the plea in a statement while commiserating with the people of Mokwa in Niger State over the devastating flood that caused havoc.
“I am deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of lives which has left many displaced with homes and public buildings destroyed. I sympathize, especially, with the several businesses and farmlands which have been affected by the disaster.
Relying on insights gained from previous years, Hajiya Sadiya called on the State Governments to initiate early warning measures towards flood prevention and mitigation.
she also appealed to residents of risk-prone areas to also adhere strictly to flood warnings and preventive measures for their safety while government intensify efforts to avoid further loss of lives and property.
Hajiya Sadiya commended NEMA and State emergency services for taken charge of the situation and preparedness efforts with the Analysis of Flood Predictions for 2020.
she, however, directed NEMA to scale up its efforts and improve its response time as well as conducting a needs assessment in the affected communities to provide relief to the affected areas and people.