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Flooding: FG approves N3bn for emergency response

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•NEMA activates 5 Zonal Emergency Operational Centers

Godsgift Onyedinefu

 

Following the escalating cases of flooding in several communities, the Federal Government has approved N3 billion for emergency responses, announced Director General National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja.

Maihaja also announced that the agency has activated five zonal Emergency Operational Centers (EOCs) which has been domiciled.

He added that the agency has also activated a contingency plan which gives NEMA the powers to establish operational structures.

The Director General made the announcement after deliberations with stakeholders on Saturday in abuja.

He said: ” The stakeholders under NEMA hereby activate the national contingency plan, the policy document which gives NEMA the powers to establish operational structure.

“Further, the operational structure that have a national emergency operation center domiciled in the headquaters of NEMA and five zonal Emergency Operational Centres are hereby activated

“The five zonal EOC are, EOC A will be responsible for operation in the following states, Kebbi, Niger and Kwara state.”

The NEMA boss said the EOC B will he responsible for operation in Edo and Kogi states, while the EOC C will be operational at Anambra and Delta states.

He adeed that the EOC D will be responsible for operation in Benue, Adamawa and Taraba states, while the  EOC E will be responsible for Rivers and Bayelsa states.

Maihaja further informed that NEMA has activated a situation room for the collection and analysis of data to facilitate and guide the operation of the EOC.

He however,  lamented that the situation has worsened following a report from NIMET, NIHSA and the constitution of 6 committee on red alert indicating an increase in the water level.

He continued: ” With the declaration of red alert was done in 7th which culminated a constitution of 6 Committee sent to assess the preparedness odmf states in identification of higher ground, and major equipments to be used for further rescue operation, incase the situation persists.

“A report submitted confirms that the situation is really very worrisome and is further increasing.”

“NIHSA has reported also today the level at the measuring stations at the confluence of river Niger and Benue at lokoja is 10.98 meters, this confirms that the level is still rising and with a threatening inflow

“There was also a report from benin republic that malanvil a location being monitored has reached a level it has never reached in the past few years.”

“The record or the data or information revealed in malanvil downstream shows that the water discharge from jebba and shiroro will continue,” he said.


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