By Nicolas Adekeye

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has alerted Kwara residents of impending flood around the months of August, September, and October 2023.

Contained in a statement issued and signed by the Head of Minna Operation Office of NEMA, Mrs. Zainab Suleiman-Saidu, community heads as well as religious leaders were advised to commence action to stem the devastating effects of flood.

The statement made available to the press said that the alert became necessary following the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) released by the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) and the 2023 seasonal climate prediction by the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NiMET).

Saidu in the statement affirmed that the two reports were products of scientific research that revealed that the country would suffer the possibility of flood in three categories, including high, moderate, and low flood risks adding that the report identified Kwara state among the high flood-risk states.

It is very clear that the 2023 flood threatens not only the rural dwellers who reside along the river bank because urban flood is also very highly expected in metropolitan towns in Kwara state.
Prevention is not only better but also cheaper, the agency strongly believes that when these warnings are heeded, the lives and properties of people will be saved, she added.

Community leaders were urged to sensitize people who have built on flood plains and those living along river banks to relocate to safer and higher places and also to urgently lead the people of their various communities in identifying drainages/culverts that are blocked to be cleared.

In the year 2022, floods affected many parts of the Nigeria displacing over 1.4 million people, killed over 603 people, and injured more than 2,400 persons. According to records from Federal Government statistics, about 82,035 houses had been damaged, and 332,327 hectares of land had also been affected.

Established in 1999 the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is the Nigerian agency that functions to respond to disaster and formulate policies relating to disaster management in Nigeria.


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