14 September 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Following long hours of heavy rainfall on Sunday, Trademoore, Light Gold, Wisdom Estates and Lugbe community of the Federal Capital Territory were heavily flooded- resulting to loss of lives and destruction of property.
The Director-General of the Agency, Alhaji Abbas Idriss who confirmed the incident to Radio Nigeria in Abuja said at least four people were confirmed dead.
He explained that over twenty six vehicles including an articulated towing van were swept away by the flood adding that a tarred road in Trademoore Estate was also completely washed away.
According to the Director General of FEMA, a total of one hundred and sixty six houses were affected and property yet to be estimated were destroyed..
“In light of this unfortunate incident, I wish to convey the deepest sympathies of the Honorable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory- Mallam Muhammed Musa Bello to the residents of Trademoore Estate, Light Gold Estate, Wisdom Estate, Lugbe Community, affected individuals and families- including those of surrounding communities, over the loss of lives and property” Idris stated.
He urged members of the Community to report any missing person or persons between the period of the flood to the FCT Emergency Management Agency.
The FEMA boss explained that some communities in Gwagwalada, Giri, Unguwar Dodo and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps Gwagwalada Command have been put on alert to report any case of floating body or property on the river channel for prompt rescue.
Alhaji Idriss appealed to residents of the Federal Capital Territory especially Developers to desist from violating the approved building codes in the Territory.
The FCT FEMA Director General further appealed to the FCT residents to
Avoid dumping of refuse in drainages, Clear all drainages and other blockages that obstruct the free flow of water to reduce flood risk and its negative consequences.
“Avoid driving or walking through flood water, Relocate to higher ground before being threatened by flood water for those who are living along the river banks, Watch for sign posts on flood locations and also take seriously FEMA’s early warning sensitization from the media and town criers.
Alhaji Idriss urged FCT residents to call the 112 toll-free Emergency number to get prompt response when there is any form of threat or danger, as the Search and Rescue team of the Agency alongside other emergency stakeholders are on 24/7 alert.