Flood: NEMA Tells Kaduna Residents Close To River Banks To Sleep With One Eye Open


    ,*embarks on assessment, sensitization tour

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    Following predictions by NiMET that 2020 will witness heavy rainfall with potential flood threats,  the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North West Zone has embarked on an Assessment and sensitization tour of flood prone areas.

    The three-day exercise within Kaduna metropolis saw the team comprising NEMA, Kaduna SEMA, Nigerian Red Cross, Fire Service visit several locations in Chikun and Kaduna North LGAs.

    In an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the tour, NEMA delegation leader, Halima Daudu Suleiman said they were acting on orders handed out by the NEMA DG. 

    “NIRSA and NMET predictions of heavy rainfall and rising water levels made the NEMA DG to order sensitization all over the country and conduct assessments.

    “We are also looking out for safe areas we can keep people incase of a flood disaster,” she said.

    NEMA-led team at palace of Dakacin Romi.

    She explained that for now they are impressed with communities they have visited. 

    “They have committees and rain guage, once the water goes up they tell people to get to higher grounds,” she said.

    She advised people living close to River banks to be on alert throughout the rainy season to prevent been caught unawares.

    “People at River banks should not sleep with their both eyes closed. We advise them to move away to higher grounds, till the water recedes,” she advised.

    Areas visited by NEMA on day one of the tour include;   Tesan Farms,  Primary Healthcare Centre, and several houses ravaged by flood in Romi Community, where they were taken round by the Dakaci Romi, Joseph Bala.

    NEMA-led team at a flood ravaged site in Romi

    A potential camp ground was identified at the Government Day Secondary School Romi.

    At Karatudu Community in Gonin Gora,  the Chief,  Ishaku Adamu appealed for channeling of a curved water way resulting to flooding of houses.

    On Day Two, the assessment and sensitization tour commenced at Kigo Road New Extension, where several houses affected by flood were visited.

    NEMA-led team at a site in Karatudu

    The team was seen distributing pamphlets and fliers to residents of the community on how to act in case of an emergency.

    The tour was rounded up at Rafin Guza Community in Kaduna North LGA, where a potential camp site was identified at the LGEA Primary School.

    NEMA-led team at the palace of Sarkin Rafin Guza.

    Before then, the team visited several houses submerged by flood as well as the River Kaduna Bank, where signs of a  recent flood which is receding was visible.

    The tour is expected to continue in Zaria on Wednesday.

    NEMA-led team in a group photograph at Rafin Guza.


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