By Mohammad Ibrahim
Kaduna (Nigeria) – National Emergency Management Agency has warned residents of Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria on dumping of refuse in drainages, as well as building of houses in areas vulnerable to flood in the state.
NEMA’s North West Zonal Coordinator, Musa Ilallah who issued the warning said it is important for people to avoid acts capable of causing flood and other man-made disasters in their areas.
Addressing some residents of Unguwar Romi within the state metropolis, Ilallah said the agency has embarked on flood Risk Awareness to educate communities on the dangers of building houses on flood plain areas.
“Every year your community is flooded, so we decided to come out here to educate you on the dangers of dumping of refuse inside drainages.
“Flood only occur due to blocked drainage after heavy down pour. In fact, most floods are man-made.
“People should also avoid setting up permanent structures such as houses in areas vulnerable to flood such as low lying areas, Dams and Reservoirs.
“Please also watch out for flood warning, because people need to clear all blocked drainage system or gutters near their residence,” he said.
In his remarks, the Village Head of Romi New Extension, Luka Auta commended NEMA for the sensitization, saying it came at the right time.
According to him, they do advise residents to avoid dumping of refuse in drainages to avoid blockage.
NEMA team were taken round the community to see for themselves areas affected by the 2013 flood.