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NEMA urges residents in flood-prone areas to relocate

The National Emergency Management Agency has expressed preparedness to mitigate impact of floods this year.

The Director General of the Agency, Retired Air Vice Marshal Muhammadu Muhammad gave the indication at a news conference in Abuja.

Rainfall predictions for this year according to relevant authorities including the Nigeria Meteorological and Hydrological Services Agencies indicate that 102 local government areas in 28 states of the federation fall within highly probable flood risk areas.

275 local government areas in all the states of the federation and the FCT are predicted to be moderately flooded while the remaining 397 local government areas are predicted to experience low floods.

The predictions are expected to have impact of critical sectors such as agriculture, water resources, transportation, health and other infrastructure.

More worrisome is the fact that, the nation will have to grapple with the floods amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which is taken a toll on the country and other countries across the globe.

It is against this impending disaster that the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, Retired Air Vice Marshal, Muhammadu Muhammad said the agency was taking proactive measures to mitigate the impact of this year’s floods.

Air Vice Marshal Muhammad also said relief materials were being stock piled to provide succour to victims of the impending floods.

The Director General of NEMA appealed to all stakeholders including Governors, local authorities and those living in flood prone areas to cooperate with the agency by replicating measures at the state and local levels and relocating them to safer grounds, to reduce the impact of the impending disaster.

Tersoo Zamber  

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