FG Charges States To Prepare For Flooding

The Federal Government on Sunday, warned states to prepare for forecasted heavy downpour across the country, and the potential flooding that comes with it.

Giving the warning was Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq.

In a statement issued by her Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze, she advised states to prepare measures to cater for potential internally displaced persons.

Umar-Farouq urged states to organise humanitarian coordination fora to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response as well as request relief materials for prompt response after the flood.

She was quoted as saying, “The recent flood incidences in parts of the state affirm the need for serious and urgent actions to be taken to safeguard lives and property against the predicted flood.

“The 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and the Annual Flood Outlook forecast flood situations for different parts of the country.

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“The Annual Flood Outlook forecasts that 102 Local Government Areas in 28 states will have heavy rainfall, while 275 Local Government Areas in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory will experience moderate flooding.”

Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia and Rivers are states to experience heavy rainfall and possible flooding, according to forecasts.

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