By: Bamidele Fashube
The National Emergency Management Agency has commenced mapping of flood proned communities during the 2021 rainy season.
It said the emergency response became imperative considering the 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction and the recent flood warning by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency.
Speaking at the experts’ technical meeting of stakeholders to analyse the 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction held in Abuja, Director-General, NEMA, Muhammadu Muhammed, said NIHSA had on 24th March advised the three tiers of government and citizens across the country to prepare against the impending devastating floods in 2021.
He said the technical meeting was relevant considering past experiences of unprecedented floods and other disasters that had affected several states and wreaked havoc on communities.
Muhammed stated that the impact of these hazards on lives, properties and environment was dependent on the country’s level of preparedness, which to a large extent, relied on efficient early warning systems to stimulate early action mechanisms.
He, however, assured participants at the meeting that NEMA would ensure mechanisms that would allow stakeholders at federal, state, local government and community levels to prepare adequately in order to mitigate and respond to anticipated climate risks and secondary hazards.
The Director-General, NIHSA, Clement Nze, had warned based on predictions that Nigeria was at the receiving end of disastrous floods among the nine countries of the River Niger Basin.
“There is still time for states/LGAs and individuals to take necessary steps to avert or minimise the disastrous effects of flood in the year 2021,” the NIHSA boss had stated.
To avert the devastation caused by floods, Muhammed told stakeholders at the technical meeting on Wednesday that vulnerable communities would not be neglected as every necessary preparation should be made.
“NEMA will continue to map vulnerable communities based on the prediction as indicated by our climate risk monitoring agency to enhance and direct enlightenment campaigns in critical states,” he said.