The Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed, has warned Nigerians that they will experience severe flooding in 2023 as indicated by predictions from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet.
According to reports, Ahmed, in an event in abuja said the seasonal climate predictions and annual flood outlook released by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet, and the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, for 2023 should be acted upon.
Ahmed stated that the flood disaster in 2022 was an eye-opener which is the reason the agency would spread early warning messages to states and local government areas including the Federal Capital Territory.
The 2022 flood disaster which is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria has in the past wreaked havoc in all the States of the country. Many of the affected communities are yet to recover from the impacts of the devastating event.
“The 2022 flood coupled with its associated hazards is, therefore, a wake-up call for emergency responders, development agencies, and partners to work assiduously to avert a repeat of the incident, especially in consideration of the heightened level of vulnerability in several communities of our country”.
Ahmed said the agency has started creating awareness early this year, as they are ready for the early warning and early action.
“We will bombard every citizen, state and local government with this information as we want them to know that it is serious and we will not keep quiet, because we want them to know that there will be flood this year”, he added.
He further advised that those living around water channels and floodplains should take the necessary precautions.
Story: Hilda Katu