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FEMA ASSESES FLOOD PRONE LOCATIONS IN THE FCT

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency NIMET forecast anticipates heavy to moderate rains in the FCT and states surrounding it. NIMET also forecasts river flooding coming from border states.

The forecast which was issued last Friday, informed that the rainfall pattern during the period is expected to be continuous in nature with high chances of heavy rainfall which will likely lead to increased surface runoff causing flash flooding.

In a reaction to the forecast, the FCT Emergency Management Agency FEMA has embarked on an assessment tour of flood prone areas in the FCT.

The Acting Director, Forecasting, Response and Mitigation, Mrs. Florence Wenegieme who led the tour said the Agency received some
distress calls around the city.

Mrs. Wenegieme said, “You will recall that NIMET gave their predictions for three days now, and the predictions we received were of a high impact on the FCT in particular; because of the heavy downpour yesterday we received a distress call about some parts of FCT being flooded”

She further stated that getting to the places where distress calls came from, there was little concern about loss of life or property and she attributed such to the sensitization being put in place.

“We received a distress call about some parts of FCT being flooded, it is a tradition that FEMA comes out on assessment after every heavy downpour, we carried out this assessment to flood prone and vulnerable locations, on getting their, we were lucky there was no loss of life”

She attributed the zero casualty to sensitization being put in place in the past years and through out the rainy season.

“Because of the sensitization being put in place for the past years, people realize that when they come accross flowing water they don’t insist on plying that road, when the water level came up alot of people diverted their roads to take different roads, while some allowed the water to subside first” She said.

FEMA calls on residents to be safety conscious and avoid meddling with flooded waters. when it rains; do not drive or walk through the water, wait until the flowing water has receded significantly or use alternative routes.

Danson Magaji & Chiamaka Olivia Okeke
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