National Emergency Management Agency warns Nigerians of more flooding


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned Nigerians of more flooding in the coming days.

This, according to the agency, is because of the rising water levels in River Niger and Benue.

Niger, Edo, Jigawa, Anambra, Kogi and Bayelsa states were all affected by floods last week with about 70 deaths reported, hundreds of homes submerged, and thousands displaced.

NEMA Director-General, Mustapha Maihaja, however, warned that the situation could get worse as water inflow into River Niger and River Benue is so huge that both rivers can only accommodate less than two meters of water before they will overflow their banks into nearby communities.

To prevent further loss of lives, the agency called for the evacuation of people living in communities on the floodplains.

Meanwhile, NEMA Director of Search and Rescue, Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, said the agency had placed all disaster units across the country on red alert to avoid any catastrophic disaster in the country.