NEMA warns of more flooding in Bayelsa, Imo, Anambra, others

The National Emergency Management Agency and the Nigerian Metrological Agency on Wednesday warned states to prepare for more flooding.

NEMA said this became necessary after recent signals from the Niger Basin Authority.

Director-General, NEMA, Yunusa Maihaja, and the DG of NiMet, Prof Dani Mashi, gave the warning in Abuja during a flood coordination meeting with government agencies, United Nations agencies and others.

According to them, the states that may be affected are Anambra, Delta, Rivers, Imo and Bayelsa, among others.

He said 27 States had experienced devastating flood disaster, noting that the agency would do all it could to prepare Nigerians for the imminent flooding.

He said, “There again is another alert of an emergency warning from the Niger Basin Authority and confirmed by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency of the rising water levels in Niger which has been at ‘Orange Alert level’ consistently for the past seven days.

“The Orange Alert is the second most severe category in measurement. The National Emergency Management Agency is hereby alerting the general public, particularly those resident along the River Niger and its tributaries in Kebbi, Niger, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, Imo, Rivers and Bayesla states of very high risk of catastrophic flooding in coming days and weeks.

“In the light of the above, the agency is therefore calling on the general public in the aforementioned areas to move to higher grounds and the respective state governments to engage in sensitisation, evacuation and preparation for possible flooding.”

He said the agency was ready for any emergency as its emergency response teams had been placed on high alert in the areas.

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