21 LGAs to experience flooding in North West zone —NEMA

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that  about 21 local government areas will be affected by flood in the North West zone.

The North-West zonal coordinator, Musa Ilallah,  said  this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kaduna ,on Tuesday.

The coordinator said that the agency had taken proactive measures to curtail the flood menace .in the zone.

According to him, NEMA has reached out to relevant agencies in the affected states and within the zone to be on alert.

He mentioned the local govenments to be affected in Kaduna State as Kaduna North and South, Igabi, Kubau, Soba Kajuru and Kachia .While in Kano State, Wudil, Warawa, Tudun Wada, Bebeji, Gwarzo, Dawakin Tofa, Kiru and Bagwai would  be affected

Others are Katsina State; Malumfashi, Funtua, Daura and Baure. Also  in Jigawa State; Hadejia, Auyo,Kafin Hausa, Ringim, Taura and Jahun, would  be affected

He also disclosed that, the river basin cuts-across Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina states, while river Hadejia cuts across Jigawa, Kano and part of Bauchi states

He urged the state governments to urgently embark on a massive sensitisation programme on the affected communities to see the need of moving away from the prone areas.

“On our part, NEMA and  the executive secretary of Hydrological Services Agency, had  already carried out a Hausa programmes on radio in cognisance of targeting this communities that are likely to be affected.

“The alert shows that if the rain continues as experienced in the last one week for the next four days, it is a signal that part of river Niger will be flooded.

“And by implication, a number of places will be affected with flood and going by the warning ,the experience of flood in 2012 will be a child’s play this year while several states will be affected.