The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mustapha Ahmed, has predicted that the country will witness flooding in 2023.

He said that though the level of the flood and locations to be affected are yet to be determined, early preparation would mitigate the likely impact.

Recall that last year, the country witnessed flooding, which led to the deaths and displacement of many people across the country.

Ahmed, who made this known on Monday in Abuja at a seminar organised for NEMA stakeholders, said to mitigate the impact, some staff of NEMA and other critical stakeholders in disaster management are undergoing training to aid their preparedness and response during emergencies.

Speaking on floods and efforts made to mitigate its impact, Ahmed said: “Records indicate that 662 persons have lost their lives, 3,174 others have suffered injuries and 2,430,445 individuals have been displaced by the floods. Thousands of houses, hectares of farmlands, and several critical national assets were destroyed by the raging floods.

“It is going to flood again this year, there is no doubt about it but how severe it is going to be is what we don’t know for now but it is going to flood again”.

On how to mitigate the impact of the flood, he said: “After this training and the release of the Seasonal Climate Prediction by NiMet and the release of the flood outlook by NIHSA, we will gather stakeholders to analyse and interpret them and then attach vulnerable areas mapping and send it out to states. We will write to the governors.

“We have seen one or two mistakes from our engagement last year. We have to collaborate with all the states, and we cannot work if NEMA is moving on one side and the States are moving on another side. We have to collectively work together.

“So, we will identify areas and show them (governors) the areas that will be affected.”

Furthermore, he said NEMA in collaboration with State governments and other partners are currently working towards the long-term recovery of impacted communities across the nation.

 

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