The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called on the Kwara Government to take proactive measures to reduce havoc of flooding in the state.
The Director-General of the Agency, Retired AVM Muhammadu Mohammed, made the call when he led his team on an advocacy visit to the state on Tuesday in Ilorin.
Mohammed, who was represented by Mallam Mohammed Aji, Assistant Director, Training said the seasonal rainfall and the annual flood outlook for the year 2020 had identified seven local government areas of the state as highly prone to experience flooding.
The local government areas, according to him, are Ilorin West, Ilorin East, Ilorin South, Asa, Patigi, Edu, and Moro.
He tasked the government and citizens to evolve strategies to minimise losses through adherence to warning alerts, early preparation, and proper response.
“The annual flood outlook informed that 102 local government areas in 28 states fall within the highly probable risk areas.
“The remaining 397 local governments fall within low probable risk areas.
“Unfortunately, the predicted floods have started to occur in many parts of the country.
“Therefore, it is imperative to activate all plans and measures against the prediction as the season moves toward the peak,’’ the director-general said.
He urged the state government to direct the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), frontline local government authorities, and other response agencies to be prepared.