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NEMA points flood alert in 5 Kwara LGs

The National Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday hinted the individuals of Kwara State of imminent excessive and average floodings in 5 of the state’s native authorities areas because the wet season units.

The Director-General of NEMA, Mrs Zubaida Umar, gave the warning in Ilorin throughout the 2024 Downscaling of Flood Early Warnings Systems at state ranges.

She listed the Local Government Areas, that are underneath excessive and average flood threat areas to incorporate Pategi, Edu, Kaiama, Asa and Baruten.

The DG who was represented by the Director of Disaster Risk Reduction of NEMA, Mr Daniel Obot, nevertheless, known as on the Kwara Government to take proactive measures to mitigate flooding within the state.

She underscored the significance of the programme for efficient early actions to save lots of lives and livelihoods throughout the wet season.

According to her, the 2024 wet season, signifies that some Local Government Areas of Kwara are nonetheless predicted to be affected by flooding.

Umar defined that this underscores the flag-off, and assist on this initiative of downscaling flood early warning and threat mitigation messages to the grassroots.

Quoting the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency, 2024 Annual Flood Outlook, she mentioned that 31 States with 148 LGAs have been predicted to be throughout the excessive flood-risk areas.

She additionally added that 35 States together with FCT with 249 LGAs are thought-about to fall throughout the trendy flood threat areas.

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“The remaining 377 LGAs are forecasted for the low flood threat areas. These flood threat areas are offered with their diploma of vulnerability to function a software for governments in any respect ranges to develop threat discount measures to avert catastrophe losses throughout this wet season.

“Similarly, sectors of agriculture and food security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), education, health, transportation, and persecution security amongst others are to set up mechanisms for disaster preparedness and risk reduction based on the early action strategies,” she mentioned.

In his response, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Saba Mamman-Jubril, recommended the Agency for his or her proactive measures.

Jubril who represented Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on the occasion suggested on the necessity for dyke or levee, an embankment constructed alongside a riverbank or coastal shoreline to stop the movement of floodwaters onto land.

He noticed the necessity for frequent dredging, constructing of extra buffers and aforestation to stem the risks of flooding in communities.

Alhaji Ibrahim Olatunji, the Personal Assistant and consultant of Oba of Jebba, Abdulkadir Adebara, appealed to the state authorities to relocate individuals in riverine communities, to save lots of their lives.

Also, Alhaji Gana Lukpadu, the Ciroma of Patigi lamented that the group is all the time worse hit by flooding yearly.

He urges the federal government in any respect tiers to search out lasting options to flooding within the state and throughout the nation.

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