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Flood: Plateau SEMA awaits funds to assist victims

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The Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) says it is waiting for funds to enable it to assist victims of the recent flood disaster in the state.

Mrs Juni Bala, Director, Search and Rescue of the agency, told the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Jos that the agency had conducted an on-the-spot assessment of the needs of the affected communities.

“Recently, we experienced incidences of flood in some local governments in the state.

“We have Shendam, some parts of Pankshin Local Government;Mangu Local Government, Quan Pan Local Government; Kanam Local Government and Jos East Local Government areas. We first experienced flash flood in Jos North.

“We have undertaken an on-the-spot assessment 0f these areas that were affected by flooding and we have submitted a report to government.

“It is not quite long that we sent the report, we are waiting for the response,’’ she said.

Bala explained that the agency did not have funds of its own to address the situation, and that it was when government went through the report, approved and released the funds that the agency would be able to assist the victims.

She said apart from assisting the victims with food and other materials including farm equipments, the agency would also encourage the local governments to develop a contingency plan on how to attend to emergencies.

She said that the aim of the contingency plan was to enable the local governments to assist the victims first before help would come from the state and national emergencies.

“The flood also affected people that farm near the river banks; we are suggesting that we will educate them to also educate their people not to farm close to the rivers.

“Because the experience is basically that of people that were farming by the river, the flood experienced this year, there were no houses, just farmlands that were affected by the flood,’’ she said.

Bala said SEMA had maintained a cordial relationship with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), stressing that the on-the-spot assessment was jointly carried out by the two agencies.

According to her, NEMA had also compiled its report on the situation and sent to its headquarters and was also awaiting response.

She advised the people not to live and farm in flood prone areas, and should instead venture into dry season farming.

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Edited by Abdullahi Yusuf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In pics: flooded street following heavy rain in Sanaa, Yemen

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Children ride their bicycles through a flooded street following heavy rain in Sanaa, Yemen, on June 4, 2020. (Photo by Mohammed Mohammed/Xinhua)

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Heavy rains, floods leave 10 killed in southeastern Yemen: official

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At least 10 people were killed and several others injured during heavy seasonal rains and floods that hit Yemen’s southeastern province during the past 24 hours, a government official told Xinhua on Thursday.

According to the local government official who preferred to remain anonymous, “the heavy seasonal rain began late Wednesday and caused flash floodings that killed at least seven people in Hadramout and three others in the neighboring province of Shabwa.”

“Dozens of houses and civilian vehicles were flooded and livestock were washed away during the heavy seasonal rains continued throughout Thursday morning,” the source said.

He pointed out that “military helicopters of the government forces intervened to rescue several families trapped in their villages by the flooding.”

Yemen’s National Meteorological Center issued a statement on Wednesday expecting the continuation of heavy seasonal rains and thunderstorms during the upcoming hours and warned citizens to stay away from flood ducts.

The center also asked the Yemeni citizens living in mud houses in Hadramout to take necessary precautions in order to ensure their safety.

(XINHUA)

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UN releases 3 mln USD to aid 302,000 flood victims in Kenya

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The United Nations has released 3 million U.S. dollars in emergency funds to aid almost 302,000 flood victims in Kenya, a UN spokesman said on Friday.

“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that seasonal heavy rains have affected nearly 302,000 people in 43 of the 47 counties,” said UN secretary-general’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund allocated the 3 million U.S. dollars to support humanitarian partners, providing shelter, food, water, sanitation and health services to the affected population, Haq said. Emergency shelter and non-food items have been distributed to over 5,600 households.

The Kenya Red Cross Society said that over 211,000 people are displaced from their homes, up from 116,000 at the beginning of the month. Nearly 27,000 livestock have been lost and over 30,000 acres of crops submerged, increasing the risk of food insecurity across the country.

(XINHUA)

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Flooding: Ekiti LG warns residents against dumping refuse in drains

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The Ido-Osi Local Government Council of Ekiti has warned residents to desist from dumping refuse in drains, especially during the rainy season.

The Chairman of the council, Mr Adeola Lawrence, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ido-Ekiti on Friday.

He said with the commencement of the rainy season, there was need for residents of the community to keep the drains clean to avert flooding.

Lawrence said the local government council had been sensitising residents on the need to always dispose their refuse in designated dump sites.

He said that environmental officers of the council would be moving around to ensure that residents complied with the directives of the council.

Adamant residents, he said, would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

According to him, the council has been making efforts to avert flooding and will not tolerate any act which can jeopardise its initiatives.

The chairman assured residents that his administration would continue to create an enabling environment to make living conducive for residents.

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Edited By: Moses Solanke/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Flood kills 3 in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province

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Heavy rains and flash flood have claimed the lives of three persons and three others went missing in Yamgan district of the northern Badakhshan province, head of Natural Disaster Management Authority of the province, Abdullah Hamayon Dehqan said Friday.

Heavy rain followed by flood hit parts of Yamgan district late Thursday and besides washing away several houses also killed three villagers and three others are still missing, Dehqan confirmed to Xinhua.

The number of casualties could be higher as flood destroyed some houses and farmlands in the neighboring Kasham district, the official said, adding fact rescue teams have been sent to the affected areas to survey the damaged families.

(XINHUA)

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Hydrological Agency says 28 states at risk of flooding

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No fewer than 102 local government areas in 28 states are at risk of flooding, according to the 2020 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), released by the Nigeria Hydrological Survey Agency (NIHSA) on Thursday.

The states include the states of Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Lagos, Ondo, Bayelsa, Sokoto, Kogi, Niger, Kaduna, Gombe, Adamawa, Benue, FCT, Nasarawa, Delta, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Ebonyi, Edo, Abia, Anambra, Imo, Borno, Kano and Kebbi.

At the Official Presentation of the outlook in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, noted that the outlook was a fallout from the devastating effect of the 2012 flood in the country.

He said that the purpose of the outlook was to present probable flood scenarios for this year and to disseminate information to all, especially in flood-prone areas and further reduce resultant effects.

According to him, flood is one of the most frequent natural disasters in Nigeria with devastating impact on the poor and vulnerable populations who live along river banks and rely on flood plains for livelihoods.

He said that although the flood outlook had shown that 2020 floods might not be as severe as previous years, it was important for all stakeholders to carry out aggressive awareness campaign for preparedness.

“It is pertinent to note that the impending flooding season with COVID-19 presents a fight against two threats; on one hand, the ongoing corona virus pandemic and on the other hand, the likelihood of an active 2020 flood season.

The 2020 flood projections will as expected vary from moderate to severe flooding in most parts of the country.

“Overall, the flood level may not be as severe as previous years, but it is a certainty that our rivers will exceed flood level and many will be inundated again this year.”

The minister said that as always, flooding was associated with increased risk of infections when the displaced persons were high and polluted water sources, added that it was important for all stakeholders to prepare earnestly.

He added that part of the intervention to promote hygiene was the recently signed Executive Order 009 by the President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at ending Open Defecation by 2025.

“Many state governors have bought into this idea, the ministry declared emergency in the water and sanitation sector to encourage hand washing and put in place the National WASH Response Committee for COVID -19,” he said.

The minster also commended the efforts of NIHSA in the development of a new Flood Mobile App, saying that it would add practical value to water managers and for overall disaster risks management.

The NIHSA’s Director-General, Mr Clement Nze said the 2020 AFO would go beyond borders and defer all barriers to reach the needy in providing information on early flood warning required for mitigating risks in the country.

Nze noted that the need to carry out aggressive sensitisation and awareness campaigns on consistent clearing of all water ways and maintenance of dams and reservoirs to ensure free flow of water in drainages.

The D-G said the Flood Mobile App would also be used to give actual daily flood situation to everyone, especially those at the rural areas through the use of SMS services.

The new Flood Mobile App is designed to be of practical value to the Water Managers, Technical Experts, Disaster Risk Managers, Policy Makers and Flood Forecasting Community for flood prevention and for enhancing flood early warning systems in the Nigeria. 

Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

 

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Around 200,000 people affected by floods in India’s Assam

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Around 200,000 people were affected by floods in India’s northeastern state of Assam, officials said Wednesday.

The floods have hit seven districts in the state, damaging standing crops and disrupting road connectivity.

According to officials, many people have taken shelter inside relief camps at Goalpara and Tinsukia districts.

Authorities have deputed National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in the affected areas to carry out flood relief and rescue works.

“Around two lakh (200,000) people in seven districts have been affected in the first wave of floods in the state’s Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts,” an official at Assam state disaster management authority said. “Our teams are stationed at 40 places with equipment to carry our rescue work.”

The officials said guidelines have been issued to take special care while setting up relief camps in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“A total of 35 relief camps and relief distribution centres have been opened,” the official said.

Heavy rains continue to lash large parts of the state, including capital city Dispur. According to local meteorological centre, heavy rainfall is predicted in the region over the next four days.

Floods are an annual occurrence in Assam during the monsoon season.

The floods have come at a time when India is in the grip of COVID-19 pandemic, which so far has affected 151,767 people in the country and killed 4,337.

Meanwhile, India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red-colour coded weather alert for Assam and Meghalaya until Thursday, predicting very heavy rainfall in these two northeastern states.

Meanwhile, the adjacent state of Meghalaya has witnessed heavy showers, cyclonic storm and hailstorm in various districts, triggering landslides, floods and washing off roads and bridges.

The rains hit the state following last week’s super cyclone Amphan.

The rainstorm lashed out in different districts in the past 24 hours, damaging farms while uprooting trees and bringing down electric cables in different districts.

(XINHUA)

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LASG to enumerate Badagry Windstorm, flood victims — LASEMA

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The Lagos State Government has embarked on enumeration of victims of a strong windstorm which ravaged Iragon Community in Badagry Local Local Government Area on Monday.

The Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said that LASEMA officials would enumerate victims that suffered severe damages to structures, which included school, church, the community town hall and several residential buildings.

“Though, no lives were lost in the incident, however, Commissioner 2, of the Lagos State Civil Service Commission, Hon. Suru Avoseh, stated that the incident affected over 100 buildings, with over 150 people devastated.

“These events reportedly culminated in the decision and my directive to conduct a comprehensive enumeration of the entire affected community on Tuesday 26th May, 2020.

“A number of homes have totally or partially collapsed, while others had their roofs blown off by the heavy winds.

“We can confirm for example that the prototype school in the community, St Patrick’s Primary school, have suffered extensive damage.

“We have dispatched a team to conduct an enumeration of damaged property and displaced persons, particularly elderly, women and children within the locality. .

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Flooding: C/River Govt commences desilting of gutters

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The Cross River Government has commenced the desilting of gutters in Calabar South to avert flooding, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

The desilting will also create sanity and promote healthy living in Calabar South as dirt was being removed from the gutters.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Mfon Bassey, who spoke on Tuesday in Calabar at the sidelines of inspection of the ongoing work, said the objective was to open the gutters for free flow of water to the channels.

Bassey said that the State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, had a passionate desire to sustain a clean and green environment free from flooding.

The commissioner explained that over 100 youths from the area were been engaged to work at various locations in Calabar South.

“The desilting, which started from Anantigha in Calabar South, through New Airport road and adjoining streets, will go round in all affected areas in Calabar South in order to completely allow for free flow of water and promote healthy living.

“I want to commend the state governor for his commitment in sustaining the clean and green status of the state.

“I also want to advise residents in Calabar South to stop dumping their refuse inside the gutters; when the gutters are completely blocked, it may lead to flooding,” he said.

The workers, who are youths from Calabar South, thanked the state government for engaging them to work and earn some stipends.

A resident of New Airport road, Mr Bassey Otu, commended the state government and the commissioner for environment for sustaining the clean and green status of the state.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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