NEMA- National Emergency Management Agency has started to distribute relief materials to residents affected by the flood disasters that happened in Kaduna last week. The priority of the agency was to bring relief materials to victims who were forced to leave their homes due to damages caused by the flood.
Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, the Director-General of NEMA together with other officials took a tour of the areas affected by the flood. He observed the damages done at various locations before he directed that the relief materials be distributed to improve the conditions of the victims.
The NEMA DG was represented by Air Commodore Akugbe Iyamu, the NEMA director for Search and Rescue operations. He said “we have been monitoring the rise in water level around Kaduna and as at yesterday, we were not too comfortable with the situation. That is why the DG has to dispatch this high-level team to come and do an assessment and also commence this aspect of relief to those affected.”
“We went round and saw the pathetic situation and that is what necessitates what we are doing now, the distribution of relief materials to those that need them. You saw the damage done and the situation those people are. So we are giving out what we feel is important to the people at this moment, blankets, corn, rice, mattresses, cement, detergents, immediate needs that will make them comfortable now. We are not looking at the value of anything now, we are only interested in giving succor to those in need.
The agency is prepared to help manage the victims of flooding after KEPA had warned about the imminent flood due to the expected heavy downpour of rain. Heavy rains that lasted for several hours last week caused serious flooding in major areas of Kaduna. The flood caused serious inhibition of vehicles, and damages to lives and properties.