NEMA warns of probable flood in 10 C/River areas



The National Management Agency (NEMA) has identified 10 Local Government Areas in Cross River that falls under the probable flood risk areas in view of the Annual Flood Outlook for 2021.

The Agency also identified two local government areas in the state that falls under the highly probable risk areas for 2021.

Director- of NEMA, retired AVM Muhammadu Muhammed, said this in Ikom local government area while distributing relief materials victims of windstorm in the area.

The DG, who was represented by Mr Godwin Tepikor, the Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, South South, urged the state government immediately commence their preparedness, mitigation and response activities mitigate the impact

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He mentioned the 10 local government areas include Yakurr, Calabar Municipal, Akpabuyo, Obubra, Bakassi, Ogoja, Biase, Etung, Odukpani and Ikom.

He explained that the two local government areas in the state that falls under highly probable risks areas were Calabar South and Abi.

“The State should immediately commence their preparedness, mitigation and response activities so as mitigate the impact of the predicted flood on the vulnerable local government areas,” he said.

The Agency distributed relief materials over 1,112 households affected by windstorm in four in Ikom local government area of Cross River.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the distribution followed the windstorm disaster that occured on May 25, 2020 in Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi and Abinti communities, all in Ikom local government area of the state.

The DG said that the items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, following the recommendation from the Agency as humanitarian assistance the affected persons.

The items distributed were bags of rice, beans and garri, tomato paste, kegs of palm oil, wrappers, blankets, bundles of roofing sheets, cement, bags of nails, zinc and ceiling boards.

He urged the beneficiaries make judicious use of the items.

In his remarks, Mr Princewill Ayim, the Director of Cross River State Management Agency, thanked NEMA for their intervention in ameliorating the plights of the victims.

The Chairman of Ikom local government area, Mr Kingsley Egumi, thanked Buhari and NEMA for the timely response the concerns of their people, pledging that the items be judiciously utilized.

Mr Mfam Akong, who responded on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked Buhari and NEMA for coming their assistance in time of need. (NAN)