Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Flash flooding: FCTA pledges assistance to Gwagwalada victims

Following the recent destruction of lives and property in Gwagwalada Area Council, due to the torrential rainfall that claimed the lives of six persons, the FCT Administration said it will be assisting victims rebuild their homes.

The administration promised to assist victims with the provisions of household utensils and building materials to help cushion the impact of the disaster.

FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, who gave the assurance when she paid a condolence visit to victims of the affected communities, said the support will come after relevant government agencies might have ascertained the level of destruction and numbers of homes affected.

Aliyu, who also donated assorted food items during the visit, stressed the need for residents to be mindful of the environment, adding that the Environmental Protection Agency and FCT Development Control should be notified when constructions are carried out on waterways.

According to her, “This is also telling us to be mindful of the environment and also the Environmental Protection Agency and FCT Development Control should be notified when constructions are done on our waterways. Some people could be transferred newly and they could not know.

“The Development Control must be up and doing to also look at where waste and refuse are being dumped. Most of the times, our actions constitute 75 percent of blockages in our drainages. Let say that if we have two of this kind of occurrence in a year, the burden will be so much for the people. We feel your pains and we are here not only to sympathize with you, but on behalf of the Federal Capital Territory Administration to extend our hands of fellowship and our little token to cushion this effect. We are with you in prayers and God will not allow us to witness this again.”

She assured that concerted efforts would be made to ensure that areas faced with ecological problem would be adequately tackled by the Federal Government, stressing that the administration would not hesitate to liaise with NEMA to address other emergency problems.

In her brief, the representatives of Director General, FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, Mrs. Florence Wenegieme, stated that as soon as the agency received the distress call on Saturday the 25th of July, 2020, the rescue and search team moved into action.

Wenegieme, who is the Deputy Director in charge of Forecasting, Response and Mitigation revealed that out of the six causalities there was a family of five that got drown in the flood, adding that four of them are yet to be found.

“There was a family of five that got drown in the water. Unfortunately, we were able to find one of the sons because the husband was not around, but he gave his consent that the child should be buried before he comes back. The search team is still ongoing to recover the bodies of the mother and other three children. Four of them are yet to be found. We have gone to Koton-karfe, yet we have not find them,” she affirmed.



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