Friday, April 18, 2014

Kogi flood: NEMA asks Ibaji residents to vacate town

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Flood: Residents of Lokoja now move around in canoes right in the city centre

The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has urged some communities in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi state to immediately move to higher grounds in neighbouring Local Councils, and to Anambra state, due to the increase in water level.

The Director General of NEMA, Mohammed Sani-Sidi, warned the communities Wednesday, after presenting relief materials to victims of flood in the state.

“It is now necessary to call on people living in Ibaji to either move to Idah Local Government Council of the state or to closer communities in Anambra state” Mr. Sidi said.

Mr. Sidi presented the relief materials to the State Governor, Idris Wada, for distribution to the affected victims. He said NEMA is using big boats and has recruited the service of local canoe owners for the evacuation exercise.

Rescue workers have also continued to evacuate displaced from rooftops and trees.

The NEMA boss said the agency is working with the Nigerian Red cross, and Red Crescent society to explore further assistance for the affected persons.

“A three man team has already been mobilized by the Geneva headquarters and the team is expected shortly in Nigeria for the possible assistance to the victims of the floods,” he said.

Mr. Wada and the NEMA team flew in a rescue helicopter, to get an aerial survey and view of the scenes of the flood.

“The situation is not only devastating, but alarming by the magnitude of damages to the communities as we had just seen from the air,” the governor stated in an emotion laden tone.

Mr. Wada commended the promptness and expertise of the NEMA team in the rescue efforts, and relief distribution. He urged for further support and assistance by relevant bodies to the state.

Teams from NEMA regional offices have also had to go to some South Eastern states where massive flooding is being experienced, especially in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra; and Oguta and Ohaaji-Egbema Local Councils in Imo state.

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