The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA has warned of possible floods in the riverine areas of Niger State in the North Central part of the country.
NEMA, in a statement by Mrs Mary Noel Berje, the spokesperson to the Niger State Governor, advised communities around the flood prone areas to urgently move away due to high water level capable of destroying lives and property.
“The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency, NIHSA and the Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NiMET, which predicted that many LGAs in Niger State among other States fall within the highly probable flood risk areas for 2020″.
“We are particularly worried about the perennial flooding and the fatality that comes with it. The state government is doing everything possible to mitigate the hardship suffered by our people as a result of the annual natural disaster”. said Mrs Berje
The statement also advised people in the urban areas of the state against unnecessary blockages of natural water ways, and indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drainages, culverts as proactive measures against the flooding.
“People living in urban areas of the State are therefore admonished to clean culverts and drainages around their vicinities in to avoid urban flooding”.
Meanwhile, the state government according to the statement, has 3qually embarked on campaigns to sensitize the riverine communities and others on ensuring adequate preparations for the possible high down pour.
The statement also directed the State Environmental Protection Agency, NISEPA and the Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to equally prepared for any eventuality throughout the rainy season.