NEMA warns of flood to pound 233 council areas in 32 states

Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Mustapha Ahmed, has predicted flooding in 233 local government areas in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Ahmed said this at a national consultative workshop on 2022 Flood Preparedness, Mitigation, and Response, organized by the agency yesterday in Abuja.

The NEMA boss said the workshop was one to collectively prepare and provide strategies to strengthen flood risk mitigation and effective response.

“This followed the 2022 Seasonal Climate Prediction released by Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) and the Annual Flood Outlook released by Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).

“Efforts must be made to mitigate and respond effectively to flooding.

“We have sent advisory letters and maps showing predicted flood risk areas in various states to the respective state governments.

“We have also produced risk maps for vulnerable local government areas as forecasted by NIHSA’s Annual Flood Outlook,” Ahmed said.

The NEMA boss urged state emergency management agencies as well as local emergency management committees to be proactive.



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