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NEMA sensitizes South-East communities to flood risks

The National Emergency Management Agency, on Tuesday, called for communities’ involvement in efforts to curtail flooding in the South-East.

The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA in South-East, Mrs Ngozi Echeazu, made the call while addressing journalists in Enugu on steps being taken by the agency to mitigate flood disaster this year.

It would be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency and the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency released their 2023 Seasonal Climate Prediction and Annual Flood Outlook, revealing states in the country likely to be affected by floods this year.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday in Enugu, Echeazu said, “It is imperative at this stage to take a proactive approach to flood and other disaster management to strengthen community-based actions against flooding and other disasters.

“NEMA, through a series of meetings and sensitisation, has continued to build community education, capacity and resilience on flood mitigation efforts this year.

“These efforts include the timely opening of blocked waterways, removing structures/ or buildings on flood planes, expanding narrow waterways, among others,” she said.

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