KEPA has warned that the next couple of days may cause flooding in riverside communities in Kaduna because of the high probability of rainstorms. Residents of these areas have been warned to be vigilant and watchful so that the damages to lives and properties can be avoided.
Malam Abdullahi Rigasa, the general manager of KEPA warned that the residents living along the river would observe that the river is already overflowing its banks. It is no longer safe for these residents as the heavy rains expected may cause flooding.
KEPA warns that five local governments in Kaduna may experience the flood and these are Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Kaura, and Soba local government areas of Kaduna state. Malam Rigasa disclosed that these areas are the places likely to be affected, he urges the residents to be on alert.
“The mandate of KEPA is to prevent the occurrence of flood and ensure that all residents are well prepared for any imminent floods. Last year, flooding was recorded in 14 local councils namely; in Kaduna South, Kaduna North, Kaura and Chikun local government areas with no casualties,” he said.
Last week, a flash flood hit Kawo, Kaduna causing several damages to properties especially vehicles. Motorists could not move easily but KEPA and other officials of the Kaduna State Government were on hand to handle the situation. Rigasa warned that the residents of that area should desist from throwing rubbish into the rain so that the drainage and waterways would not be blocked.
KEPA advised residents of the flood-prone areas to clear their water channels now, desist from actions that could block the free flow of water in their areas, and other proactive measures that would limit the impact of a flood.
The general manager also used the medium to urge all relevant agencies such as KEPA and NEMA to perfect their emergency evacuation plans and be ready to activate them as soon as possible.