Senetor Aisha Al-Hassan,
member, Senate Committee on Special Duties, has urged residents of flood-prone areas in the country to heed the warnings on impending flood by quitting their abodes.
Al-Hassan made the call last Thursday in Asaba at a-three-day South-South Emergency Management Summit and Exhibition.
The senator, representing Taraba North at the Senate, said that the call had become necessary because the predictions by relevant agencies were already manifesting in some states.
She recalled that the Nigeria Metrological Agency (NIMET) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had warned such residents to quit the areas but some had not heeded the warnings.
The senator noted that most of the present day disasters could be avoided if the people concerned did what they were supposed to do.
According to her, managing natural disaster should not start when the disaster had occurred, but with enlightenment campaigns by appropriate authorities and people responding appropriately to such messages.
The senator also advised the people living in such areas to ensure that waterways were cleared to avoid blockages.
Al-Hassan appealed to NEMA to continue to sensitise the people in their various domains for safety purposes.
She called for collaborative efforts among Nigerians to tackle flooding, adding that the problem should not be left in the hands of government alone.
On his part, Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta noted that the consequences of flood had caused enormous poverty to the society.
Uduaghan, represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Chief Frank Omare, said that the rising rate of urbanisation had increased the risk of flood and other natural disasters in the country.
He said that to address the challenge of urban migration in Delta, the state was working toward improving the standard of living in non-urban areas.
According to him, efforts are also being made to ensure that residents are enlightened on the need to avoid building in flood-prone areas.
“The people are also being sensitised on the need to clear blocked drainages as the state recently commenced the demolition of illegal structures, especially in the water-prone areas in the state,’’ he added.
Uduaghan therefore assured NEMA that the state would partner with other states in the region in tackling the challenge of flooding.
He commended NEMA for organising the summit with the theme: “National flood disaster: An imperative for integrated disaster risk management for sustainable development in the South-South region.”
Senetor Aisha Al-Hassan,