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NASEMA warns of impending flood in Nasarawa

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

The Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency (NASEMA) has advised residents of the State to be on the alert following the warning of an impending flooding  by an impact-based weather forecast reports.

A statement issued on Sunday and signed by the Executive Secretary of the agency, Barr Zachary Allumaga, said that there would be heavy rainfall in the state, thus calling on residents, especially those living in riverine communities, to be at alert.

Allumaga further stated that there would be steady and continuous rains which would increase the chances of surface runoff and flash floods.

He said: “Low-lying areas will likely be flooded, and river channels and streams are expected to increase in volume and move with stronger currents.

“Fishermen and inland waterway transporters are to exercise caution during this period. River banks and flood plains will also likely be flooded; those plying their trade around such areas and those settled along river banks in Nasarawa State should exercise caution.

“It is advised not to sleep in weak mud houses during such long periods of rain as they can cave in and cause serious injuries. The rain events will likely lead to very low temperatures, so the public is advised to cover up adequately against cold, especially for little children.

“Hence, the public is advised to refrain from wading or driving through runoff waters as they can move with strong currents.”

He, therefore, urged the public to be prepared for this event to avoid damage from weather-related hazards and watch out for updates.

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