Following torrential rainfall, the FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has once again issued a high alert on prospect of severe flood within the FCT.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, said the red alert became necessary following rainfall and repeated floods being witnessed in different parts of the country and the FCT.
Idriss said though FCT was not on the red alert, it could be at the risk of heavier flooding because of its closeness to neighbouring red line states, assuring that the agency was prepared to handle any eventuality.
He said flood could catch up with anybody, anywhere, citing the example of the victim of Trademoore Estate in Lugbe, where a visitor in the estate was swept off by flood water.
Describing flood in the FCT as human-induced, the FEMA boss appealed to FCT residents to desist from activities that could lead to flooding during the peak season, stressing that the FCT Administration cannot afford to lose more lives as a result of the reckless behaviour of those who refuse to adhere to early warnings from relevant authorities.
He called on residents living around the riverine and flood-prone areas of the FCT to move to higher grounds, clear their water channels and drainages, even as he enjoined residents to avoid dumping refuse on water ways and avoid walking or driving through flooded water to keep safe.
“As we speak, about nine rivers in nine countries are discharging their contents, which will eventually flow into River Niger and settle at Lokoja. What we are about to witness from now on is ‘river flooding’ and this is going to be heavier and more forceful than the flash flood we experienced earlier.
“FEMA has also mounted reflective billboards at various flood prone points warning off and cautioning residents from these danger areas. Religious leaders, community heads and well- meaning Nigerians in authority should take responsibility of the public education and sensitisation of people around them.
“Those living close to flood prone areas should move to higher grounds for safety and should call the national toll-free emergency number 112 for prompt response of any emergency. FEMA has been unrelenting in sensitising FCT residents on appropriate safety measures following earlier NIMET and NIHSA prediction of torrential rain fall this season.
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