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Declare Flooding as “National Disaster” Buhari Instructs NEMA

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President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Maihaja, to claim a “national disaster’’ within the occasion that anticipated flooding turns a reality in some components of the united states.

The President’s directive follows a caution by using the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency that Rivers Benue and Niger had nearly reached stages that ended in flooding in 2012, which brought about loss of lives and destruction of belongings.

A letter to the Director of General of NEMA entitled: “Situation Report at the River Flood Along the Banks of Rivers Benue and Niger’’, which become signed with the aid of the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, stated: “Delegation of authority to the Director General of NEMA to spark off the Disaster Response Units of the army for possible seek and rescue missions, and the procurement and proportionate stocking of comfort materials and health related gadgets up to N3 billion to provide for the needs of possible victims.’’

The letter also informed the head of the emergency enterprise to provide everyday updates to the President.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) had warned Nigerians dwelling by means of the banks of River Niger to evacuate the location at once over viable flooding.

The caution changed into issued in a statement signed with the aid of the agency’s Director of Engineering Hydrology, Mr Clement Nze, in Abuja on Wednesday.

The Director indexed some states probably to be affected; they include, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Kogi, Anambra, Delta, and Bayelsa.

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