14 States and 31 Communities Brace for Heavy Rainfall and Possible Flooding, NEMA Warns

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has issued a stern warning, listing 14 states and 31 communities across Nigeria that are at risk of heavy rainfall and potential flooding from July 4 to 8. Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, Territorial Coordinator of NEMA’s Lagos Territorial Office, emphasized the need for immediate action by all relevant stakeholders within the affected states to safeguard lives and property.

The states and communities identified include Plateau (Langtang, Shendam), Kano (Sumaila, Tudun wada), Sokoto (Shagari, Goronyo, Silame), Delta (Okwe), Kaduna (Kachia), Akwa Ibom (Upenekang), Adamawa (Mubi, Demsa, Song, Mayo-belwa, Jimeta, Yola), Katsina (Katsina, Jibia, Kaita, Bindawa), Kebbi (Wara, Yelwa, Gwandu), Zamfara (Shinkafi, Gummi), Borno (Briyel), Jigawa (Gwaram), Kwara (Jebba), and Niger (Mashegu, Kontagora).

Expressing gratitude to the Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) Central Hub of the Federal Ministry of Environment in Abuja for sharing the information, Farinloye emphasized the urgent need for preparedness and preventive measures. Residents, local authorities, and disaster management agencies are urged to remain vigilant and take immediate steps to protect vulnerable areas and communities from the potential dangers posed by heavy rainfall and flooding.

With the looming threat of severe weather conditions, it is essential that all necessary precautions and response mechanisms are in place to minimize the potential loss of life and property.