Flooding : Edo govt urges residents to comply with laid down regulations to check trend

officials of Fire service rescuing a victim of flash floods in Benin City

FIC Report (Edo State) – Officials of the Edo State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have assessed the damage caused by flash floods in parts of Benin City, on Saturday, noting that the government is fast tracking efforts to mitigate the menace in the affected areas.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties, Hon. Yakubu Gowon, who addressed journalists during a tour of areas affected by the flash floods,  sympathised with those affected and  assured them that succour would come with the completion of ongoing gully erosion and flood control projects across the state.

He urged residents in affected areas to abide by government regulations  to check the trend.

He commended officials of the Edo State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and the Fire Service who  rescued  victims  trapped in their homes by the flash floods.

Areas worst hit by the Saturday flooding include the Infant Jesus-axis of Etete; Eghighalo Edosomwan on Ugbor Road and Ofunmwegbe community along Second East Circular Road.

The Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency in February predicted intense flooding as the rains intensified. The flooding was suspected to have been caused by indiscriminate construction of buildings and dumping of refuse on flood paths

Besiru Enakhimion