by Agency Reporter
The National Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday advised communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi State to relocate immediately due to the rising water level.
The warning was given by the Director-General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani-Sidi, after presenting additional relief materials to victims of flood in Kogi State, according to a statement by NEMA spokesman, Yushau Shuaibu.
Sani-Sidi said, “It is now necessary to call on people living in Ibaji to either move to Idah Local Government Council of the state or to closer communities in Anambra State.”
The NEMA boss, who presented the relief materials to Kogi State Governor Idris Wada for onward distribution to the affected victims said the agency was using big boats and recruit the service of local canoe owners for the evacuation exercise.
This came as as rescuers continued to evacuate displaced people from rooftops and trees.
The NEMA boss added that the agency was working with the Nigerian Red Cross Society to explore further assistance for the affected persons.
He said, “This necessitated a request for the deployment of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society’s global tool: Field Assessment and Coordination Team. A three-man team has already been mobilized by the Geneva headquarters and the team is expected shortly in Nigeria for the possible assistance to the victims of the floods.”
Wada, who was also flown by NEMA team in a rescue helicopter for aerial survey/view of the scenes of the flood, stated, “The situation is not only devastating but alarming by the magnitude of damages to the communities as we had just seen from the air.”
Meanwhile, more teams from NEMA regional offices are moving to some South-Eastern states where massive flooding is being experienced, especially in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State and Oguta and Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Areas of Imo State.
Prior to this time NEMA assessment team had visited Ekwusigo, Anambra East and Anambra West Councils of Anambra State. Also inspected are Ikwo Izzi, Afikpo North, Ohozra, Onicha, Ivo Local government of Ebonyi. The team had also visited Udi and Uzo Umani local governments.
Most of the affected states had received prior flood alerts and early warnings from NEMA and NIMET.
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