Move out of river banks, NEMA warns Kogi residents

The National Emergency Manage- ment Agency (NEMA) has again warned people living at river banks in Kogi state who are yet to evacu- ate to high ground to do so without further delay, saying the water level in River Niger as at Wednesday was 10.56 centimeter.
NEMA also said, already, six local government areas of the state out of the nine prone to disaster have started experiencing massive flooding.
The Head of Operations of the agency in charge of Abuja and Kogi, Mr Bitrus Samuel, who gave the warning in Lokoja yesterday during a three day workshop on repositioning, strengthening and reorientation, organised for the agency’s staff, said all the indices that led to flood in 2012 were already eminent in the state.
Samuel who noted that the flood has displaced many families and communities in the last two weeks in Lokoja, Ibaji, Ajaokuta, Ofu , Idah and Kogi local government areas, urged those still living on river banks to evacuate completely to avert being harmed by the disaster.
He further disclosed that the workshop was aimed at training NEMA staff on how best they can sensitise and attend to the victims of the flood and camp management to reduce the impact of the disaster.
He charged the staff to immediately commence education and enlightenment of residents on the effect of flood and the damages it pose on the victims.