Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has advised states and local governments to immediately relocate residents of communities along rivers, waterways and flood-prone areas to safer grounds to avoid unnecessary loss of lives and properties.
A statement signed by the agency’s Senior Information Officer, Sani Datti said the warning has become necessary as result of heavy rains and the devastating affect of floods that have been witnessed in most of the communities along rivers, waterways and flood prone areas in the recent time,
The statement quoted the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi of having urged state and local governments to ensure adequate and proper refuse dumping sites from where they would be evacuated regularly.
He disclosed that since the Agency issued flood early warning alert, it has 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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