Bauchi — The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has mapped out 33 vulnerable communities that may be affected by flood, and identified 13 safer grounds for anticipated victims of the heavy downpour in Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.
The breakdown of NEMA’s alert report estimated that a total of 29,700 persons are to be affected in Bauchi while 37, 000 are to be affected in Gombe and 40,000 in Taraba state.
Six communities in Bauchi are listed on the vulnerable list, eleven in Gombe state and 15 in Taraba state.
The Director General of NEMA Alhaji Mohammed Sani-Sidi said this yesterday when he led the management staff of the agency, security personnel and journalists on an inspection tour of the camp facilities for the anticipated victims situated in Alkaleri local government area of Bauchi state.
Sidi challenged Governors of Gombe and Taraba state to borrow a leaf from Bauchi state by providing piece of land for setting up of camps for the anticipated internally displaced persons.
He said “report on the 2012 flood devastation shows that 7 million persons were affected, 5 million houses were destroyed 300 died and the sum of N2.6 trillion was lost to flooding last year alone.”
He said with the early warning this year “there will be no excuse for loss of lives and properties this year.”
He described the recent experience of flooding across the country as a wakeup call for emergency management stakeholders to renew their efforts at confronting the challenges.
The NEMA DG donated relief materials to the state through the governor which included sugar, milk, maize, rice, Mats, oil, towels, spoons, plates, cups and clothes.
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