The Federal Government has advised state governments to take proactive and necessary mitigative measures in addressing forecasts on heavy rainfalls and flooding.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq who gave the advice in a statement, said states to experience heavy rainfall and possible flooding this year includes: Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia and Rivers. Others are: Akwa-Ibom, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Osun, Kwara, Zamfara, Sokoto, Lagos, Ondo, Bayelsa, Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun, Abia, Kano, Kebbi and the Federal Capital Territory.
She also called on state governments to identify high grounds for use as camps, for the evacuation of possible Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs and to shelter evacuated communities.
The Minister also advised them to organise Humanitarian Coordination Fora to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response, as well as request for relief materials for prompt response after the flood. She however, urged State Emergency Management Agencies, frontline local government authorities and other response agencies to put in place precautionary actions, by carrying out public enlightenment and ensuring the dredging of river channels and canals.