NEMA Tasks Delta Govt. on Flood Mitigation

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has alerted the people of Delta State to take urgent steps to mitigate the effects of possible flooding in eighteen local government areas of the state, listed among the one hundred and two Highly Probable Flood Risk Areas in twenty-eight states of the federation.

The Director General of NEMA, Muhammadu Muhammed, stated this in Asaba, during a flood advocacy visit to Delta State Government, where he categorized two hundred and seventy five LGA’s in thirty six states of the federation and the FCT as Moderately Probable Flood Risk Zones. The others are classified as Low Risk Flood Areas

The DG NEMA Muhammadu Muhammed listed the eighteen Highly Probable Flood Prone Areas to include: Ethiope West, Oshimili South, Oshimili North and Aniocha South.

Mr. Muhammed represented by a Deputy Director in NEMA Fatima Hassan, itemized others in the category including Warri North, Warri South, Ndokwa East and Anioch North. The others are Warri South-West, Ika South, Ika North East and Ndokwa West.

The other flood prone areas are: Ughelli North, Ughelli South, Patani and Burutu. While, Sapele and Ethiope East completes the list.

The DG NEMA therefor urged the State Government to direct response agencies and local government authorities to take measures towards mitigating the effect of imminent flooding in the targeted communities.

Responding, the Secretary to Delta State Government Chiedu Ebie, corrected that NEMA omitted three flood prone local government areas from the list of Highly Probable Flood Risk zones, noting the State Emergency Management Agency has highlighted one of them among regions currently experiencing flooding in the state.

Mr. Ebie observed the state government would no longer run IDP camps due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of capacity for wide scale testing, stressing the focus would be on massive advocacy and sensitization especially in the areas predict ted to experience flooding.

Others at the advocacy visit include the Director-General of the State Emergency Management Agency SEMA, Mr Karo Ovemeso and executives of the Edo Zonal Office of NEMA.

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Oghenero Eghweree

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