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Rainfall Prediction: NEMA restrategises to curtail impending flood

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday restated its commitment to tackle any impending flood situation predicted  in the 2019 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) and Annual Flood Outlook (AFO).

Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, the Director-General of NEMA, gave the assurance while declaring open a one-day national workshop on Flood Risk Mitigation, Preparedness and Response, in Abuja.

Maihaja said that the workshop was convened to provide the needed platform for principal actors in disaster management to collectively review the 2018 flood management operations.

He said that the impact of hydrological hazards on lives, property and environment depended on the level of preparedness, which to a large extent relied on efficient early warning systems.

According to him, early warning systems drive all processes that constitute the agency’s early action mechanisms.

“As part of our collective responsibility in serving the people, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) need to always come together to direct plan of actions towards safeguarding and protecting citizens, infrastructure and other elements that are vulnerable to climate and extremes weather in the environment.

“NEMA as a coordinating agency with support from relevant stakeholders analysed the Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) yearly to determine their disaster implications.

“The document which serves as early warning for 2019, has been put together in a simplified manner to remind stakeholders of their roles in disaster risk reduction, mitigation, preparedness and response.”

Maihaja commended the management and staff of NIMET, NIHSA and other partners for regular release of weather and hydrological information.

Prof. Emmanuel Adanu, the Executive Director, National Water Resources Institute, said that the most effective method of flood control had been accomplished by an integrated water management plan for regulating the storage and discharges of dams located in River basins.

Adanu said that each dam was operated by a specific water control plan for routine floods through the basin without damage.

Mr Vincent Omuga, the Humanitarian Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said the workshop was coming at the right time to help the country prevent flooding.

“We look up to Nigeria in setting good example. If Nigeria gets it right, the continent will get it right,” he said.

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Edited by Grace Yussuf

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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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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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