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Nasarawa Govt. takes steps to mitigate effects of flooding

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The Nasarawa State Government has identified temporary camps in various riverine communities in the state ahead of the impending flood.

Mr Kwa’Kaha Jonathan, Director of Flood, Erosion and Land reclamation at the state Ministry of Environment, disclosed this to Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Lafia.

Jonathan said that the camps had been identified in various communities such as Awe, Doma, Nasarawa and Toto local government areas of the state.

He said convincing the people to relocate to these safe places to avert disaster was still a major challenge, as most of them attached some cultural believes to their respective abodes.

He said that state government through the ministry of environment and other relevant agencies, had embarked on  intensive campaign on flood early warning to flood prone communities across the state.

The director said  that arrangement had been concluded for the installation of Automated Flood early warning instruments in communities bordering the river Benue in view of the cases of incessant flooding.

He said the installation of the automated warning system in the  state  was approved at the National Council on Environment as part of the implementation of Nigeria Erosion Watershed Management Programme (NEWMAP), a World Bank funded programme.

He explained that members of the communities were also being trained on how to respond to the flood alert by the automated instruments.

Jonathan maintained that apart from the flooding of riverine communities, cases of urban flooding abound in various towns.

He attributed such flooding to blocking of drains through indiscriminate dumping of refuse and construction or building on water ways.

“The state government is concerned about the devastating effect of flooding and that explains why Gov. Abdullahi Sule personally launched campaigns in Garaku, Kokona Local Government, recently,“he said.

The director said that the governor had also approved the reintroduction of environmental sanitation to clear the clogged of drains in various towns across the state.

He noted that in spite of  whatever government was doing, all citizens had roles to play to mitigate the effect of the impending flood in the state.

reports that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) recently issued an alert on imminent flooding in most states of Federation in September.

Edited by Joseph Edeh and Abdullahi Yusuf

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