Abuja - The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has again advised states and local governments to immediately relocate residents of communities along rivers, waterways and flood-prone areas to safer grounds.
Sani Datti, Senior Information Officer of the agency, gave the warning on Tuesday to avoid the unnecessary loss of lives and property.
He said the warning became indispensible as result of heavy rains and the devastating effect of floods that had been witnessed in most of the communities along rivers, waterways and flood-prone areas recently.
The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi, also disclosed that since the agency issued flood early warning alert recently, it had embarked on mitigation and preventive measures against the hazard by organizing workshops on flood awareness/sensitization campaign through its six zonal offices and six operation offices in the country.
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He urged state and local government authorities to always heed warnings early by introducing flood control programmes such as clearing of drainages and canals to ensure free flow of water, construction of new drainages where necessary, preventing buildings on waterways and relocating those living along flood plains to safer areas.
He said state and local governments should ensure adequate and proper refuse dumping sites from where they would be evacuated regularly.
Floods have been a menace in recent years, most tragically in 2012 when about 400 people were killed
- CAJ News