Flood: Plateau SEMA assesses damage, advises residents to relocate

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Shendam (Plateau) –  The Plateau State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has conducted rapid assessment of flood sites in Quan’Pan, Mikang and Shendam local governments and advised resident to relocate safer areas.
The SEMA Executive Secretary, Alhaji Alhassan Barde, who led experts on the visit said on Sunday that the mission was conduct post-disaster assessment to see how government could assist the victims.
“Government heard of the reported cases of flood in these council areas and we are here to assess the level of damage with a view to mitigating the sufferings of the people.
“Government will respond as quickly as possible when we take back our findings to it,’’ he said.
Barde, however, said the agency had sent out warning signals based on the Nigeria Meteorological Agency 2015 rainfall predictions.
He said in spite of the warnings of impending flood many people were yet to relocate, a situation he described `as worrisome.’
“People have been advised not to build or farm on water ways or live in flood prone areas but sadly, many people are yet to heed the advice.
“Government of the day is really concerned about the well-being of the people and we are urging those who are still living in flood-prone areas to move to safer areas,’’ he said.
The Chairman, Shendam Local Government Council, Mr Alex Na’antuam, thanked SEMA for the prompt response to the plight of the people.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]
Na’antuam said the council on its part, immediately after the heavy rain swung into action as its team of experts went round to assess the extent of damage.
“Although no life was lost, so much was lost; we are calling on SEMA and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to take our complaints to the appropriate quarters.
“Although we appreciate the scarcity of governments’ resources, we still appeal to the state and Federal governments to come to the aid of the people.’’
Also speaking, Mr Ezekiel Vuelgap, Chairman, Mikang Local Government Council, said that all the four districts in the area were affected by the flood.
Vuelgap who commended the SEMA for prompt assessment appealed to bring succour to the people in time.
According to him, many people are apprehensive that previous governments had conducted such assessments without corresponding assistance.
In his remarks, Mr Andrew Yenko, Chairman, Quan’Pan Local Government Council, appealed to the state and Federal Governments to come to aid of the people as the situation was beyond the local government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports floods in the past few days have destroyed houses, farmlands and washed away bridges in the affected communities. (NAN)

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