30 August 2020 by REMI JOHNSON
The FCT Emergency
Management Agency, FEMA, has recovered
the body of a 43 year old man, Garba Joseph, from Akoko-Edo of Edo State, from a flooded river around TradeMoore Estate, Lugbe, in Abuja by FEMA’s Search and Rescue team after two days of search.
This is contained in a statement by the Director General of FEMA, Alhaji Idris Abbas in Abuja.
In the statement, the Director General called on residents to adhere to instructions and early warnings from relevant authorities.
He maintained that attitudinal change was key to reducing disasters to the barest minimum in the FCT.
Alh. Idriss decried the increasing rate of flood in the FCT, and attributed it residents’ negligence towards government’s directives and early warnings.
According to DG FEMA, “most of the deaths we have recorded in the past from flood in the FCT were as a result of non-compliance with instructions and early warnings.”
He therefore advised residents not to underestimate the strength of water when it is flooded, even as he cautioned against unwholesome environmental practices such as indiscriminate waste disposal on water ways, building on flood plains and blocking of water ways.
In another development a combined team of FEMA, NEMA, The Nigeria Police, NCDC, and a Special Force have successfully rescued the 3 trapped occupants of a truck loaded with beverages that crashed into a residential building in Madala, FCT , in the early hours of Saturday.
The victims who sustained several degrees of injuries had since been taken to the Zuba General hospital for treatment.