by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), as part of its statutory mandates wishes to bring to the notice of citizens living or residing around flood-prone areas that signals have been received from relevant agencies pinpointing flood-risk areas in the state.
The agencies are, namely, the National Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency and NEMA itself, on the 2020 annual flood outlook.
A statement that was signed and issued to newsmen in Jos, by NEMA’s Director Administration, Roselyn Kefas Salwar, indicated that, “The 2020 annual flood outlook has, among others, has captured some local government areas in Plateau state as probable flood-risk areas. These are Barkin Ladi, Pankshin, Jos South, Jos North, Jos East, Kanke and Mangu LGAs.”
According to her, by this, citizens living around flood-prone areas of the state are advised to relocate immediately to safeguard lives and property, as there could be a possible overflow of rivers that pass through some communities and will most likely result in heavy flooding.
The statement also enjoins citizens to clear all drainages and desist from dumping refuse into gutters to allow free-flow of water as the rains intensify.
She therefore called on Ministries, Departments and Agencies involved in emergency activities as well as the seventeen local government councils to activate prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response mechanisms to complement SEMA’s efforts.