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Flood: FG sends early warning signal to states

a flood disaster in Jigawa.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has advised state governments to take proactive and necessary mitigative measures in addressing forecasts on heavy rainfalls and consequential flooding severities.

In a statement, by her Special Assistant Media, Nneka Anibeze, the Minister urged states with highly probable flood risk areas to identify high grounds for use as camps for the evacuation of possible Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and to shelter evacuated communities.

According to the statement, the Minister sympathised with the people of Kebbi, Bauchi and Jigawa states following heavy flooding in some areas which has led to the loss of lives and farmlands including the displacement of many people.

It states that the Minister called on states to organise Humanitarian Coordination Fora to prepare stakeholders for mitigation and response as well as request relief materials for a prompt response after the flood.

The 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and the Annual Flood Outlook forecasts flood situations for different parts of the country. The Annual Flood Outlook forecasts that 102 Local Government Areas, in 28 States will have heavy rainfall while 275 Local Government Areas in the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory will experience moderate flooding.

It also urged State Emergency Management Agencies, frontline Local Government Authorities and other response agencies to put in place precautionary actions by carrying out public enlightenment campaigns, ensuring the desilting of river channels and canals and removal of all refuse and weeds from water channels, drainages and all avenues for runoffs so as to allow free flow of floodwaters.

The statement assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to work with stakeholders to mitigate the possible effects of the flooding.

Hadiza Abdulrahman

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