The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has advised people living in urban areas to evacuate refuse on waterways as well as those in flood prune areas to move to higher grounds.

It also urged them to avoid indiscriminate disposal of refuse in drainages for free flow of water.

Head NEMA, Minna Operations Office in Charge of Niger and Kwara, Lydia Wagami, gave the advice today at a one-day stakeholders consultative meeting on 2019 flood preparedness, mitigation and response in Minna.

Wagami said the meeting was for stakeholders to discuss the potential threats of flood in the two states and to strategies on how to mitigate flooding in 2019.

She explained that the forum would draw out modalities and itemise the roles and responsibilities with first flood respondent agencies on how to reduce the effects of flood. Also, state Inspector, NIMET, Pwajok Tok said the late onset of rain and early predictions by the agency were to allow flood prone areas take early measures to avert losses.