– NEMA has revealed another list of states that may face the possibility of flood invasion
– The list has Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers, Kebbi and Bayelsa
– The emergency agency has hereby called for supports among the affected states
In its bid to tackle the challenge of flood in the country, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has declared national disaster in five more states, This Day reports
Recall that on September 17, the agency declared four states which included Niger, Kogi, Anambra and Delta as places prone to flood disaster, This Day reports.
With another five set of states including Adamawa, Taraba, Rivers, Kebbi and Bayelsa, the number has been brought to nine, raising fears among the states on the watch-list of NEMA.
NAIJ.com gathers that the director-general of NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, through the agency’s head media and public relations, Sani Datti, warned for caution and called for more supports.
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He said: “It will be recalled that on 17th September 2018 national disaster was declared in Kogi, Niger, Delta, Anambra states.
“In consideration of the data and information being received, in particular the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) and guided by relevant NEMA policy documents, additional 5 states are observed to have been impacted severely by the disaster.”
Maihaja also added: “On the consultation, subsequent endorsement of all the stakeholders here present, and the delegation of authority conferred on me by the president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the federal republic of Nigeria. I, Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, the director general, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) hereby declare national disaster in the five (5) states of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Rivers and Taraba.
“I once again commend the efforts and commitments of all stakeholders, and the international partners for their contribution so far to the success of this operation. This is highly appreciated.
“Finally, the addition of the 5 states declared expands the scope and the needs for the response and therefore called for more support accordingly.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Vice President Yemi Osibanjo on Thursday, September 20, arrived at the Asaba International Airport, Asaba, to inspect some of the flood impacted areas in Delta and Anambra states.
It gathered that the vice president’s flight which landed at 1pm was on a one-day working official visit to the two states that were being ravaged by flood.
Osinbajo, accompanied by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, later left for Anambra state where he was expected to visit some areas affected by the ravaging flood.
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