FEMA raises alarm over pending flood in Abuja

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA,  Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has raised the alarm that some parts of the nation’s capital will be flooded due to recent torrential rainfall that led to an increase in the water level of the Lower Usuma Dam making the Dam to spill into the Usuma River channel.

Director General of the Agency, Alhaji Abbas Idriss revealed that areas to be mostly affected are; Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje and along Airport Road Gwagwalada.

Idriss therefore advised residents in some of flood prone settlements to be wary of possible flooding, just as he called on them to take simple precautionary measures during disaster, warning that flash floods can occur in these areas with or without any typical warnings.

The FEMA boss however gave the assurance that FCT Water Board is working round the clock to ensure safety of everybody, while calling on residents in flood prone areas to move to a safer ground.

“We are calling on the public that due to the recent torrential rainfall there has been an increase in the water level of the Lower Usuma Dam making the Dam to spill into the Usuma River Channel.  

“Therefore, people living along the Usuma Dam channel will experience increase in volume of water along the River Channels. Areas mostly to be affected are; Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje and along Airport Road Gwagwalada. In of this glaring facts, FEMA is advising the residents of the above settlements to be wary of possible flooding.  

“They should also note that not all floods are the same. Some develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a minute and without any visible signs of rain.   

“Therefore, the communities are advised to listen to the radio or television for information. Be aware that there could be possible flooding. If there is any possibility of that in your area, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings”.

 

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