The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued an advisory to states and local governments to immediately relocate residents of their communities along rivers, waterways and flood-prone areas to safer grounds to avoid loss of lives and properties.
The Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi gave this directive in a statement according to a statement by the agency’s spokesman, Sani Datti on Tuesday.
Sidi said the warning became indispensable as a result of heavy rains and the devastating effect of floods that have been witnessed in most of the communities along rivers, waterways and flood prone areas in recent time.
He said 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 campaign through its six zonal offices and six operation offices in the country.
The Director General urged state and local government authorities to always march early warning with early action by introducing flood control programmes such as clearing of drainages and canals to ensure free flow of water, construction of new drainages where necessary, preventing buildings on waterways and relocating those living along flood plains to safer areas.