The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning stating that 14 states and 31 communities across Nigeria are at risk of heavy rainfall and possible flooding from July 4 to 8. The alert was conveyed through a statement signed by Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the Territorial Coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos Territorial Office.
In the statement, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, Territorial Coordinator, NEMA, Lagos Territorial Office called upon relevant stakeholders within the affected states to take necessary precautionary measures to avert potential loss of lives and property. The identified states and communities at risk include:
- Plateau: Langtang and Shendam
- Kano: Sumaila, Tudun wada
- Sokoto: Shagari, Goronyo, and Silame
- Delta: Okwe
- Kaduna: Kachia
- Akwa Ibom: Upenekang
- Adamawa: Mubi, Demsa, Song, Mayo-Belwa, Jimeta, and Yola
- Katsina: Katsina, Jibia, Kaita, and Bindawa
- Kebbi: Wara, Yelwa, and Gwandu
- Zamfara: Shinkafi and Gummi
- Borno: Briyel
- Jigawa: Gwaram
- Kwara: Jebba
- Niger: Mashegu and Kontagora
Expressing gratitude, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye acknowledged the Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) Central Hub of the Federal Ministry of Environment in Abuja for sharing the crucial information. The timely dissemination of this data is vital for enabling stakeholders to implement preventive measures and respond effectively to potential flood-related challenges.
Nigeria’s diverse geographical landscape makes it susceptible to seasonal variations and weather extremes, including heavy rainfall and flooding. Such events can pose significant threats to lives, infrastructure, and livelihoods. Therefore, the proactive response advocated by NEMA serves as a crucial step towards mitigating the potential impact of these weather conditions.
As the designated states and communities brace themselves for the anticipated heavy rainfall, it is imperative that authorities, local communities, and individuals remain vigilant and heed the warnings issued by NEMA. By prioritizing preparedness and implementing appropriate measures, they can help minimize the potential risks associated with flooding and ensure the safety and well-being of all residents.
NEMA’s advisory highlights the importance of proactive disaster management and the collaborative efforts required to address climate-related challenges. By staying informed and taking necessary precautions, communities can enhance their resilience in the face of potential natural disasters, working together to protect lives and safeguard valuable assets.
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