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Flood sacks over 100 homes in Yobe

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… Anambra intensifies sensitisation campaigns
… FCT, Lagos, Rivers, others in danger from Sept 6 – NIHSA
… Borno marks 1,300 houses for demolition

MANY homes were washed away in Damagum and Fulani Local Government Areas of Yobe State following a heavy downpour on Tuesday.

  Executive Secretary of Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Dr. Mohammed Goje stated this yesterday on their verified Facebook page.

  According to him, many people were rendered homeless in the local government by the disaster.

  “As heavy downpour led to flood that washed several houses in Damagum and Gulani within the week, SEMA had deployed its technical assessment team to assess the damages caused by the unfortunate incident and commiserated with those affected across the affected communities,” he said.

  However, following damage assessment conducted by SEMA officials, the flood victims have received support from Yobe State Government through the relief agency which donated building materials as well as food items among others to distressed persons in the affected communities.

  But Anambra State Emergency Management Agency (ASEMA) is intensifying flood sensitisation campaigns in 10 local government areas of the state.

  This is part of the state’s efforts to ensure that people are not taken unawares by the predicted flooding.

  The team took off from Nkwor Omor in Ayamelum LGA through Aguleri in Anambra East LGA, Atani in Ogbaru LGA, Ihiala in Ihiala LGA, and Onitsha in Onitsha North LGA before berthing at Nzam in Anambra West LGA.

  Speaking after the campaign exercise, Executive Secretary of ASEMA, Chief Paul Odenigbo, who was represented by Chukwudi Onyejekwe said the aim of the sensitisation campaigns was to keep people abreast of environmental best practices to prevent the impending flood.

  Meanwhile, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned residents of Abuja FCT, Lagos, Rivers and others to expect heavy rains that may trigger flood in their areas as from September 6.

  The warning was made yesterday in Abuja by Director-General of NIHSA, Clement Nze.

  According to him, NIHSA received a red alert about looming flooding of Middle Niger of the River Niger Basin from Niamey in Niger Republic.

  The red alert points to imminent river flooding in Nigeria. Both the Kainji and Jebba dams have commenced spilling water downstream. This means that once the upper catchment of the basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding incidents. As of today, the Middle Niger of the Niger Basin made up of Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso and part of Mali, have been flooded. The flood levels at the hydrological stations monitored in Niamey and Malanville (Benin Republic) have got to the red alert zone,” he said.

  Also, Borno State government yesterday said 1,300 houses standing on waterways and river banks in Maiduguri have been marked for demolition after parts of the state capital were submerged by floods in the last two months.

  Speaking during a press conference in Maiduguri, Executive Secretary of Borno Geographic Information Service, Adam Bababe, said the situation calls for urgent attention and illegal structures built on waterways have to give way.

  “There is nothing like witch-hunting or religious sentiment in the demolition exercise. We had fruitful discussions with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Borno and they showed understanding that the action is to save homes from being submerged by flood. Over 1300 houses that are built on waterways have been marked for demolition. If we leave the houses that way without removal, many houses in the metropolis will be submerged,” he said.

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