Written by David LAWANI

FEMA alerts residents on flooding as man drowns in EFAB

The FCT emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has warned residents to desist from acts that can lead to flooding in this rainy season.

The warning is coming from the agency even as the body of one Mr. James Odeh, aged 35, body was recovered by the agency’s search and rescue team from a flooded river along Dogon-gada Area, near Efab Housing Estate, Lokogoma District.

It is believed that the victim was attempting to drive through the flooded water in the company of one, Mr. Nsendoo Uketar, who was rescued by the team.

The vehicle of the victim a Toyota Corola 2010 model was also rescued from the flooded river.

Saddened by unfortunate incident, the Director General of FEMA, Alh. Idriss Abbas, advised residents to stay away from flooded water and avoid driving around flooded sites

According to the FEMA boss, “Most people underestimate the strength of water and the danger it poses.”

He urged FCT residents to adopt attitudinal change as key to fighting disaster.

Also reacting to the NIMET predictions that residents should expect heavy rainfall this year which could lead to flooding, the FEMA DG appealed to residents to avoid unwholesome environmental practices especially the indiscriminate waste disposal and building on flood plain as these could block water ways and lead to flooding.

He also called on community leaders, religions leaders to take the responsibility of sensitizing their subjects, especially those living close to flood planes to move to higher ground to avoid being washed away.

He added that as the lockdown is easing out, the FCT Minister, Mallam Mohammad Musa Bello, has directed all relevant departments to continue work in the various flash points to mitigate any disaster.

He revealed that work have since commenced in these areas including the Lokogoma area and called on residents to always complement the efforts of the FCTA by adhering to directives, sighting example with the coronavirus pandemic where most people still don’t believe it exist and expose themselves to the virus despite government’s directives.

 

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