Flood Disaster : NSCDC places Divisional Officers, residents on red alert in Kaduna

Flood Disaster : NSCDC places Divisional Officers, residents on red alert in Kaduna

Following prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), alerting members of the public on the possibility of floods, especially residents of areas considered as most vulnerable, and need to prevent and manage disasters associated with flooding, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kaduna State command, has placed its personnel in Disaster Management Unit, Divisions and residents on red alert as part of responsibility bestowed on the Corps to manager disasters.

State Commandant of Corps, Idris Yahaya Adah, stated this in an interaction with affected officers and explained that the need to sensitise residents of the affected areas on how to mitigate and or respond to the natural disaster cannot be overemphasized.

According to him, the warning has become imperative considering the frequency and high degree of rains in the month of August which will last till end of September and even part of October.

The situation demands urgent and absolute attention to collectively take sensitization to the door-steps of succeptible population by working in synergy with relevant stakeholders like National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at the federal and state levels respectively, Adah added.

He specifically called on Disaster Management Unit, Divisional Officers in charge of Kaduna-North, Kaduna-South, Chikun and Jema'a to ensure swift action towards mitigation or ameliorating the situation.

The Commandant called residents of Kabala costain, Kabala Doki and Kigo Road in Kaduna-North, Bashama Road in Tudun-Wada in Kaduna-South as well as communities around the river bank which include Nasarawa and Keke B, Tudu Mashigi, kurmi and Doka Mai Jema'a in Chikun Local Government Area to adhere to the warning by taking precautionary measure and relocate from those high vulnerable locations.

To avoid a reoccurrence of the preventable disasters in past where people loss their lives and valuable property worth millions of were destroyed, leaving those places should not be seen as optional but mandatory to avoid regrets, Commandant warned.

Further, he called on residents of the state to report flood related issues and other incidences that pose threats to the wellbeing of the people to NSCDC and other security agencies for prompt attention as he assured of the command's readiness for swift response to distress situations as directed by the Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni.

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