Spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Sani Datti said in a statement reaching Xinhua that the warning became necessary as a result of heavy rains and the devastating effect of floods that had been witnessed in communities along waterways.


Datti said since the agency issued flood early warning alert, it had embarked on mitigation and preventive measures against the hazard.

He added that such measures included organization of workshops on flood awareness and sensitization campaign through its six zonal and six operational offices in the country.

The spokesperson urged the local government authorities to always march early warning with early action.
He added that the local governments should always introduce flood control programs such as clearing of drainage and canals, to ensure free flow of water.

He emphasized the need for states and local governments to provide adequate and proper refuse dump sites from where they would be evacuated regularly.

In August, NEMA had warned that the impending gradual release of excess water from Lagdo Dam in Cameroon and the heavy rains expected in coming months will result in massive flooding across the country.

This, it said, poses serious threat to lives and property in Nigeria, adding that the various flooding types to be experienced include river flooding, coastal flooding and flash flooding.

Nigeria, in 2012, spent billion of naira in tackling floods and its effect across the country, while about 360 lives were lost and properties worth billions of naira were destroyed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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