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Natural disasters looming, Nigerians warned

By John Ighodaro
Calabar — The Director- General, Cross River State Emergency Agency, Mr. Vincent Aquah, has alerted Nigerians on the impending natural disruptions associated with climate change.

He spoke at Obudu in Cross River State while inspecting windstorm disasters in the area.
According to him,  “windstorm, rainstorm, flood, landslide, erosion and draught may become frequent and there is the need to take measures that could avert or contain the intensity.”

He observed that most of the houses destroyed by the recent storm in the area had not been rehabilitated for several years, making them easy prey to violent storms.

He then called on relevant authorities to effectively monitor building construction and maintenance to avoid disasters associated with storms.

Considering possible impending storms due to climate change, Mr. Aquah prescribed the planting of trees to act as wind breakers.

He lamented that the devastations arising from natural disasters, particularly in Cross River State, has “posed a very serious socio-economic challenge to the state and nation as huge human and natural resources are needed yearly to cushion the effect of disasters.”


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