Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flood, infernos displace 3m people in South-South in 2012-NEMA

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NEMA said the South South region was badly hit by floods and fire incidents.

More than 3.3 million people were displaced by floods and fire incidents in the South-South region of Nigeria in 2012, an official of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has said.

The South-South Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Umesi Emenike, disclosed this in Port Harcourt on Friday.

Mr. Emenike said that out of the figure, about 3, 353, 210 people in the region were affected by the flood disaster while 2, 076 people were displaced by the fire disasters recorded during the period under review in the region.

He said that the agency would soon commence a sensitisation campaign on emergency management as part of efforts to mitigate the occurrence of disaster in the region

The NEMA co-coordinator said that the sensitisation is necessary because of the vulnerability of the region to disaster, adding that the training would focus on effective disaster management in 2013.

“We are going to concentrate on holding a lot of seminars, workshops, training programmes, especially with the NYSC and secondary schools.

“We are also looking at extending our certain programmes to universities; we think that we need to train them a little on emergency management and try to gear their attention in that direction.

“The Agency is actually organising training for media practitioners on emergency management; we want to see if we can bring one of those programmes to the zone, so that practicing journalists will actually have better knowledge and also understand some of the provisions in emergency response, disaster response plans; and all that,” Mr. Emenike said.

He also warned residents against blocking the drains and misuse of inflammable products.

(NAN)

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