NEMA distributes relief materials to victims of flood disaster in Ondo

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THE National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to victims of flood disaster in Idanre Local Government area of Ondo State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the relief materials, worth millions of naira, were shared to the victims of the Sept. 1 flooding, which affected over 250 houses.

NAN also reports that the items included roofing sheets, mattresses, food items and cement, among others.

The Ekiti State Operation Head of NEMA, Mr Olusegun Afolayan, while distributing the items in Idanre on Wednesday, sympathised with victims of the disaster, encouraging them to engage in activities that would mitigate the effect of the incident.

Afolayan urged the people to cultivate the habit of tree planting in their homes, avoid building on flood plains and stop dumping refuse in drains to allow free flow of water.

He urged the state government to fast track the establishment of a fully- functional and well-funded State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), backed by relevant provisions.

“Early warning system, coordination, collaboration, political will and manpower are the essential components of disaster risk reduction policy (DRR).

“It is, therefore, everybody’s business to ensure that we build a culture of community resilience for a sustainable development in our society.

“This we can do by regularly engaging in policies, strategies and programmes that will mitigate both the natural hazards and man-made disasters,” he said.

The Owa of Idanre, Oba Fredrick Arubiefin, appreciated the Federal Government for giving succour to the affected persons.

The monarch prayed that such a disaster would not occur in the state again.

NAN

– Feb. 5, 2020 @ 13:00 GMT |

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