Impending Flood: NEMA To Write Govs, States, Religious Bodies, Open Camps
The National Emergency Management Agency is planning to write state governors to remind them of the likelihood of serious flooding this year so that they can speed up the provision of mitigating factors.
Already, some of the affected states have taken some measures to ensure no loss of lives and minimal damage to property.
Sunday PUNCH learnt that some states had opened refugee camps for victims of flood and those likely to be displaced, while advising residents of flood prone areas to relocate to higher grounds.
For instance, Ogun State disclosed that it had secured the commitment of some religious institutions to use their campgrounds and hostels as temporary accommodation for flood victims.
On its part, NEMA noted that the best way to prevent disaster and loss of lives and property was for the states to prepare ahead and do whatever was necessary to reduce the impact of flood.
The agency had predicted that the severity of the rainy season and other weather conditions were likely to cause disruptions in the country, citing destruction of roads, bridges, other key infrastructure and eventual effects of on the atmospheric conditions that could induce pathogens and disease vectors to cause malaria, cholera, heat stress, heat cramps exhaustion, heatstroke and hyperthermia, and other conditions in many communities.
Click to continue reading on Punch: Impending Flood: NEMA To Write Govs, States, Religious Bodies, Open Camps