The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday appealed to the residents of Jalingo to avoid settling along the riverine areas to prevent them from flooding.
Mr. Igue Terungwa, the Head of Search and Rescue Unit at NEMA Operation’s Office in Yola, made the call during the sensitisation programme on the 2020 flood warning alert in Jalingo Local Government Area.
Terungwa stressed that there was the need for residents to be enlightened about the risks involved in flooding.
He warned residents against consumption of floodwater, pointing out that the water could be contaminated.
Terungwa advised residents to use alternative sources of water.
He also warned that floods could bring reptiles from distant locations, urging residents to be vigilant about their environments before, during, and after flooding.
Terungwa said that the agency had initiated the awareness campaign to prevent human disaster and to forestall the negative impact of flooding in communities.
He also advised residents to get acquainted with the weather forecasts and other warnings from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).
In his address, Alhaji Abdulnasir Boboji, the Chairman of Jalingo Local Government Area; commended NEMA for the initiative.
Boboji said that the council would continue to partner with the agency to ensure that the awareness campaign gets to the grassroots’ level.
According to him, “The people from the grassroots are in dire need of this sensitisation and I am happy that you are more proactive now than ever”.
NAN reports that the NEMA team proceeded to Jekhunou, Shaukani, Murkuni, and Numbanhoru communities in Kona to continue with the exercise.