Flood will soon affect your areas, FCT residents living in Kubwa, Kuje, others warned
By Adekunle Adebayo, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Saturday warned residents of Abuja to prepare for possible flooding that will affect their areas.
Abbas Idriss, Director-General of FEMA, who gave this warning in a statement made available to journalists specifically listed Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje, Airport road and Gwagwalada as the areas prone to flood.
He said the incident would be as a result of torrential rainfall that has increased the water level at the Usuma Dam and spilled into the Usuma River channel.
“People along the Usuma Dam channel will experience an increase in the volume of water along the River Channels.
“Areas to be affected are Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje, Airport Road, Gwagwalada, among others. The situation is scary; FEMA is advising residents of the listed settlements to be wary of possible flooding,” the FEMA DG said.
It would recalled that the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) had through its Director-General, Clement Nze earlier warned states in the country to prepare for more flooding as a result of heavy rainfall.
He had also lamented how stakeholders ignored his agency’s warning before the Galadimawa incident, which claimed live of a FCT High Director of Finance happened.
Similarly, the FEMA boss, however, asked residents to be on the alert as some flooding may occur in the absence of rain.
He advised residents of Kubwa and Kuje to be aware of streams, drainage channels, and other areas prone to flash flood, urging residents of the affected areas to move to higher grounds at the sight of flood.
He said, “They should also observe simple precautions because not all floods are alike. Some develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a minute and without any visible signs of rain.
“Always be aware that there could be possible flooding. If there is any possibility of that in your area, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.”