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Heavy Flood Alert: FG sends warning message to states

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The Federal Government on Sunday prompted state governments to take proactive measures to relieve the approaching floods expected in the country according to forecasts on substantial rainfalls and significant flooding.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, gave the admonition in an announcement in Abuja by her Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze.

She asked states with profoundly likely flood hazard regions to distinguish high grounds for use as internally displaced camps for dislodged people and to shield.

The minister sympathised with the people of Kebbi, Bauchi and Jigawa states over the hefty flooding in certain zones in the states which prompted the loss of lives and farmlands.

Umar-Farouq urged states to organise humanitarian coordination fora to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response as well as request relief materials for prompt response after the flood.

She was quoted as saying, “The recent flood incidences in parts of the state affirm the need for serious and urgent actions to be taken to safeguard lives and property against the predicted flood.

“The 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and the Annual Flood Outlook forecast flood situations for different parts of the country.

“The Annual Flood Outlook forecasts that 102 Local Government Areas in 28 states will have heavy rainfall, while 275 Local Government Areas in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory will experience moderate flooding.”

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