State governments have issued an advisory urging residents living near flood plains and erosion spots to evacuate these danger zones before the anticipated heavy rainfall in July. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has also warned citizens living near natural waterways, flood plains, and erosion spots about potential flooding. NEMA specifically identified 14 states and 31 communities that may experience heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding from July 4 to July 8.
The NEMA Territorial Coordinator, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, emphasized the importance of taking precautionary measures to prevent loss of lives and property. The communities at risk include Langtang and Shendam in Plateau State, Sumaila and Tudun Wada in Kano State, Shagari, Goronyo, and Silame in Sokoto State, and several others across states like Delta, Akwa Ibom, Kaduna, Adamawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Zamfara, Borno, Jigawa, Kwara, and Niger.
Unfortunately, the impact of flooding has already been felt, as a one-year-old boy drowned in Katsina during a recent downpour. The mother of the child was carrying him on her shoulder when he slipped and was swept away by the floodwaters. The State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the tragic incident and urged residents to exercise caution during the rainy season.
Various state governments, including those of Katsina, Sokoto, Kwara, and Delta, have taken measures to address the flood risk. Katsina State plans to evacuate residents living along flood plains, emphasizing the importance of not residing in flood-prone areas. Sokoto State has conducted flood awareness and early warning campaigns, while Kwara State has engaged in clearing drainages and waterways to prevent flooding. Delta State has advised residents in flood-prone areas to relocate to safer grounds and encouraged farmers to harvest their crops early to minimize losses.
Despite these efforts, some residents expressed concerns about the government’s response to the flood threat. They called for more proactive measures, such as the dredging of rivers and compensation for flood victims. Additionally, the collapse of the Umeh Road and bridge in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State due to heavy rainfall highlights the need for immediate repair works.
In conclusion, state governments and NEMA have issued warnings about the potential for heavy rainfall and flooding in several communities. The focus is on ensuring the safety of residents living in flood plains and erosion-prone areas. Efforts are underway to clear drainages, conduct awareness campaigns, and promote early harvests. However, some residents are demanding stronger preventive measures and support from the government in dealing with the consequences of flooding.