The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a warning about an imminent and substantial flood in Kano, Katsina, Delta, Adamawa, and several other states across Nigeria.
According to NEMA, heavy rainfall is expected to persist from July 4 to July 8, posing a significant risk of flooding in 31 communities, including 13 states.
In Kano state, the communities of Sumaila and Tudun Wada Local Government Areas (LGA) are projected to be affected. Similarly, the states of Katsina will witness flooding in Jibia, Kaita, Bindawa, and Katsina LGAs.
To prevent the loss of lives and property, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, the Territorial Coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos Territorial Office, has urged relevant stakeholders in the affected states to take precautionary measures.
The warning from NEMA aligns with the Federal Government’s cautionary message to citizens residing near natural waterways, flood plains, and erosion-prone areas.
NEMA has identified several communities that are at risk of flooding. These include Langtang and Shendam in Plateau State, Shagari, Goronyo, and Silame in Sokoto State, Okwe in Delta State, Kachia in Kaduna State, Upenekang in Akwa Ibom State, and Mubi, Demsa, Song, Mayo-Belwa, Jimeta, and Yola in Adamawa State.
Furthermore, the communities of Wara, Yelwa, and Gwandu in Kebbi State, Shinkafi and Gummi in Zamfara State, Briyel in Borno State, Gwaram in Jigawa State, Jebba in Kwara State, and Mashegu and Kontagora in Niger State are also identified as flood-prone areas.
State governments have taken action in response to the warning, directing residents residing near flood plains and erosion spots to evacuate these high-risk zones promptly.
Mr. Farinloye expressed gratitude to the Flood Early Warning System Central Hub of the Federal Ministry of Environment in Abuja for sharing this vital information.