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Abuja Residents At Risk Of Massive Flooding - FEMA

Jayfred Ugo

The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a statement warning the residents of Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje, Airport Road and Gwagwalada to be wary of possible flooding following the heavy flood which affected some parts of Abuja last week.

Alhaji Abbas Idriss, the Director-General of FEMA, informed newsmen on Saturday in Abuja that a torrential rainfall had increased the water level at the Usuma Dam and spilled into the Usuma river channel.

The Usama river serves as a deposit unit for some drainage and sewage channels in the state. If the volume of water in the river increases, it would provoke a massive flood and drainage systems in the state would be badly affected, according to reports.

“People along the Usama Dam channel will experience an increase in the volume of water along the River Channels,” Idriss warned.

“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.

“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.”

While passing the information, he urged the communities to listen more often to their radios or televisions for further updates concerning the flood situation, so as to know the right action to take if the flood hits their residents.

“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,” he added

He also warned the residents of Kubwa and Kuje to be aware of streams, drainage channels, and other areas prone to sudden flood, which could cause serious displacement of lives and properties.

In the midst of the potential crisis, Idriss assured residents in Abuja of the agency’s tireless efforts in combating the flood and fixing the dam.