Religion Yahaya, Abuja
The Nationwide Emergency Administration Company (NEMA) has stated 102 native authorities areas (LGAs) in 28 states of the federation are extra vulnerable to flooding this yr.
To mitigate the influence of the flooding within the states, the company stated it had written to the state governors to arrange.
The company stated the letter indicated the areas that may be affected, including that it highlighted the steps to be taken to scale back the influence of the flooding.
The company stated it had commenced stockpiling meals objects forward of the flooding due to the unpredictable influence of the flooding.
NEMA, whereas describing 2020 as a yr of an incident inside an incident following the outbreak of COVID-19, stated managing flood catastrophe could be a herculean activity.
The Director-Basic of NEMA, AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), disclosed these in Abuja yesterday whereas giving an replace on its 2020 flood preparedness, mitigation and response.
Muhammed stated: “Floods may cause widespread devastation, leading to lack of lives and damages to property and significant public infrastructure.
“Sadly, 2020 goes to be a yr of ‘an incident inside an incident with the nation battling Covid-19 pandemic, managing a flood catastrophe shall be a herculean activity.
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“Based on 2020, the final outlook aof annual rainfall quantity is predicted to be regular to above regular in Nigeria, thus some locations are anticipated to have above-normal rainfall which can end result into floods in 2020.
“Correspondingly, the 2020 Annual Flood Outlook forecasted flooding in some components of the nation the place 102 LGAs in 28 states fall throughout the extremely possible flood danger areas, whereas 275 LGAs within the 36 states of the federation together with the FCT fall throughout the reasonably possible flood danger areas. ”