NEMA Warns of Potential Flooding Across 19 States and 56 Communities due to Heavy Rainfall
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning that 19 states and 56 communities across Nigeria are at risk of experiencing heavy rainfall that could lead to severe flooding within the upcoming month.
Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the Lagos Territorial Coordinator for NEMA, conveyed this critical information in a statement released on Monday.
The states and communities identified in the advisory include Delta, where Aboh is situated; Ekiti State with Ado Ekiti; Ondo State encompassing Akure, Idanre, Ifon, Iju Itaogbolu, Ogbese, Owo, Owena, and Ondo.
In Lagos State, areas like Apapa, Badagry, Eti Osa, Ikeja, Ikorodu, Ikoyi, Lagos Island, Ojo, and Surulere are on the list. Anambra’s Atani, Ogun’s Ifo, Ota, and Sagamu, Nasarawa’s Lafia and Wamba, as well as Cross River’s Ikom and Ogoja, are also at risk.
Bauchi State is advised to remain vigilant, particularly in Jamaare, Misau, Azare, Itas, Kafin Madaki, Kari, Kirfi, Tafawa Balewa, and Katagum. Jigawa, including Hadejia and Miga, and Osun State with Ilesa and Osogbo, must also be prepared.
Kwara’s Kosubosu, Zamfara’s Anka, Bungudu, and Gusau, Sokoto State’s Goronyo, Adamawa’s Numan and Shelleng, Taraba’s Serti, and Benue with Ito, Katsina-Ala, and Vande-Ikya, are all urged to take precautionary measures.
Imo State, represented by Oguta and Orlu, and Abia State’s Ugba, are also advised to be on high alert due to the forecasted heavy rainfall and the potential for flooding.
NEMA’s warning serves as a crucial reminder for residents, local authorities, and relevant agencies to be proactive in safeguarding lives and property.
NEMA’s announcement comes as a reminder of the ever-present threat that heavy rainfall poses during the rainy season.
With a nationwide effort to improve disaster preparedness and response, it is hoped that the communities at risk will take necessary precautions to mitigate the potential impact of flooding.
Residents are encouraged to stay informed through official channels, heed evacuation advisories if necessary, and ensure that proper drainage systems are clear to prevent unnecessary flooding.
As the country braces itself for the upcoming rainy period, vigilance and preparedness are key in reducing the potential risks associated with heavy rainfall and flooding.