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Plateau residents face imminent floods: SEMA

11 August 2016, 07:18

Jos - The Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has alerted residents of the state of imminent flooding, and advised those living in flood-prone areas to "immediately relocate to safer places".

SEMA gave the alert in Jos on Wednesday, in a statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Alhaji Alhassan Barde.

"SEMA has received the signals from all the relevant agencies; we must all be alert because there is no doubt that flood is coming,’’ the statement said.

It said that the National Meteorological Agency (NIMET), the Hydrological Agency of Nigeria and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), have continued to update SEMA on the frightening situation "on daily basis".

Also read: PHOTOS: Flood leaves 801 Zamfara residents stranded

"The latest information indicated that there will be a possible overflow of rivers that pass through some communities and will most likely result into heavy flooding.

"People living around such flood-prone areas should therefore evacuate immediately, to safeguard lives and property," he said.

SEMA also advised citizens to switch off electrical appliances when leaving their homes or when they they retired to bed.

The statement directed ministries, departments and agencies involved in emergency activities, as well as local governments, to activate prevention, mitigation preparedness and response mechanisms, so as to complement SEMA's efforts.

It enjoined Plateau residents to draw the attention of relevant agencies to any suspected flooding, so that necessary action could be taken.



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