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Flooding: Rising River Niger water level great threat to FCT — official

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The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), says increasing water level of River Niger portends great threat to the nation’s capital, given its proximity to Lokoja.

The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, stated this at the 2019 Stakeholders Retreat on Flood Mitigation and Response Coordination, held on Wednesday in Abuja.

“Information from the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agencies (NIHSA), from its daily monitoring of flood water level of River Niger at Lokoja, revealed that water level since July 8, has exceeded the level recorded in 2012 and 2018 after a comparative analysis of same period.

“This information is coming on the heel of its 2019 Annual Flood Outlook which declared 74 Local Government Areas in the country as having a high probability of experiencing flood.

“Recent flood incidents in the FCT and greater threats of further occurrence as alerted by flood forecast agencies give serious cause for concern, especially to stakeholders on whose shoulders the responsibility of prevention, response and mitigation lies.”

Idriss said that the forum would provide stakeholders the opportunity to inject new ideas not only to cope effectively with the impending flood, but to reduce to the nearest minimum recurrent flood incidents in the FCT.

He cautioned FCT residents against indiscriminate refuse disposal, building on water ways and blockage of drainage, among other acts that obstruct the free flow of water when it rains.

The FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa, in a remark, said that the FCTA would continue to remove structures constructed in violation of relevant laws so as to minimise flood risk within the city and its environs.

Ohaa said that so far, 150 of such structures had been removed in the ongoing exercise to clear obstructions of waterways in line with the Abuja city plan.

He assured the stakeholders that the FCTA would consider resolutions reached at the forum with a view to implementing them in line with the extant government policies.

” It is my expectations that your deliberations will not only come up with watertight preventive and response strategies against the impending flood, but also proffer durable solutions to the issue of recurrent flood in the FCT.”

He commended the FCT Emergency Management Agency for its aggressive flood awareness campaign across the six Area Councils, and for taking proactive measures by organising the forum.

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NiMet predicts rainfall on Tuesday

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Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted rainfall activities over most

parts of the country on Tuesday.

NiMet forecast day and night temperatures to be 29 to 33 degree Celsius and 20 to 22 degree Celsius respectively.

“For Cetral states, cloudy conditions are expected with chances of thunderstorms over Nasarawa, Jos, Abuja, Niger, Kwara, and Kaduna axis in the morning hours.

The agency further forecast day and night temperatures to be at 30 to 32 degrees and 22 to 24 degrees respectively.

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NEMA advocates adequate protection for humanitarian workers

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Twenty-two persons lost their lives in the incident, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Mr Sergio Vieira de Mello.

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Rainfall: Flood destroys worship centres, farmlands, houses in Kuje

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Rainfall: Flood destroys worship centres, farmlands, houses in Kuje

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Among worship centres affected were “Omega Fire Ministry” belonging to Apostle Johnson Suleiman, and White Garment Church.

The flood, which followed a heavy downpour that started on Sunday, Aug. 18, and ran into the early hours of Monday, Aug. 19, also affected a bridge linking unto Kuje-Gwagwalada road.

Our correspondent, who visited the area, found that the flood had taken over most of the roads, forcing residents to either remain indoors or move through the water to their destinations.

Some of the residents, who spoke with NAN, said that flooding was a recurring decimal in the community that was situated close to a riverine area.

Mr Zaka Tukura, whose house collapsed, told NAN that he was asleep when water submerged his house.

“I was asleep when water submerged my house. I had to quickly move my children to a neighbour’s house.

“The level of destruction is devastating; it is quite unfortunate that the flood has affected many people in this community,” he said.

Another resident, Mrs. Sarah Musa, said she could not sleep with her family throughout the night due to the heavy downpour,

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“We could not sleep throughout because of the downpour. When the rain kept persisting, we knew we were in danger and started removing our property from the building even when we were not sure which area could be safe,” she said.

She said that her family members succeeded in moving some important household items before the house collapsed.

Mrs. Machbery Modupe, Head, Department of Works, Kuje Area Council, told NAN that the council was already assessing the situation.

“We are already assessing the situation to ascertain the number of houses affected by the flood. The aim is to see how the victims can be supported,” he said.

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

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