BY PRUDENCE IJAH, ABUJA
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has alerted Nigerians on NIMET’s report of continuous rainfall in North central and Southern states of the country for the next 72hours.
NEMA’S Director General, Engineer Mustapha Maihaja who disclosed this in Abuja at a briefing on the assessment based on the red alert earlier issued on 7th September said NISA’s report also reveals predicted flooding because of the increase of the confluence of River Niger and River Benue which is is 10.98 meters, with the level still increasing. Also that there is a threatening inflow from River dam with a level recorded at 21.4 adding that they will be forced to disperse water if it increases to 21.6 meters.
The NEMA DG said that the six committee set up because of the red alert went round 12 states to ascertain the level of preparedness and identify high ground in case of flooding, equipments and rescue accommodations to be used.
Against this background, the NEMA DG announced that it has activated the national contingency plan which gives NEMA the power to establish operational structures that have a national operation centre in NEMA headquarters and five Zonal Emergency Operational Centres.
The DG said the operational structures has five emergency operation centres (EOC) which is divided to cover various states and they are:
EOC A which is responsible for operations in Kebbi, Niger and Kwara state, EOC B which is responsible for operations in Edo and Kogi state, EOC C is responsible for Anambra and Delta State, EOC D is responsible for Benue, Adamawa and Taraba state, while EOC is responsible for Rivers and Bayelsa state.
The NEMA DG added that from the first response, President Mohammadu Buhari, has approved three billion naira for this emergency response.
While fielding questions from newsmen, the DG revealed that according to the committee’s report, evacuation has started in some states as locations of higher grounds have been identified in Niger, Delta, Kogi and Anambra.