Move Now Or…, NEMA Warns Illushi, Other Erosion-Prone Edo State Communities City
August 28, 2022

Nigeria’s disaster management agency, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has raised the alarm over the imminence of flood in a number of Edo state communities, including Illushi, and the need for residents of all flood-prone areas prone to clear all blocked drainages to reduce the impact.

The agency, which however, insisted that those on the coastlines should relocate uplands in order to avert avoidable flood disaster, gave the warning through the head of its Edo Operations office, Mr. Dahiru Yusuf, at a management stakeholders’ workshop in Benin over the weekend.

Speaking under the theme, 2022 Flood Preparedness, Mitigation and Response, Yusuf noted that the warning became imperative as a result of informed 2022 forecast indicating high rainfall across the country.

“Drainages, culverts and all waterways should be cleared for water to flow freely without affecting buildings and also reduced the impact of flood, especially in the urban centres.”

According to him, the year’s forecast indicates that rainfall will be above normal adding that the reality is already playing out in the state.

“The 2022 seasonal climate prediction length of the growing season in the state is predicted to be above normal.

“This prediction is already playing in Edo as reported by the representatives of the frontline local governments where there has been an increase in the volume of water leading to some communities being cut off.”

Yusuf revealed that the expected rise in water levels would lead to flooding of houses, structures, and farmlands in communities situated along the river banks, noting in particular that rainful will be slightly high Etsako East, Etsako Central and Esan South-East council areas of the state, a reason they are likely to experience floods, particularly along the River Niger bank.

Yusuf, who admonished communities residents, particularly farmers, in the areas to begin the process of moving uplands, urged them to be guided by the predictions to avoid loss of lives, resources and livelihoods. According to him, NEMA is wont to do its job by constantly sensitizing the people on flood risks.

“NEMA would continue to sensitise the people on the risks associated with flooding,” he said.

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