The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kaduna State Command, has issued a red alert to Divisional Officers and residents in the state due to the dangers of flooding.
DSC Habeeb Badamasi, the Command’s Public Relations Officer, issued the alert in a statement on Tuesday in Kaduna.
According to Badamasi, the alert was issued in response to a prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency of possible flooding, particularly in vulnerable areas, and the need to prevent and manage flooding-related disasters.
According to him, as part of the Corps’ responsibilities to manage disasters, the NSCDC has placed its personnel in the Disaster Management Unit, Divisions, and residents on red alert.
He claimed that the state Commandant, Mr. Idris Adah, stated this in a meeting with affected officers and the need to sensitize residents of the affected areas to mitigate and respond to the natural disaster.
Badamasi stated that the warning had become necessary due to the frequency and severity of rains in August, which would last until the end of September and even into October.
He added, “The situation demands urgent and absolute attention to collectively take sensitiisation to the door-steps of the susceptible population by working in synergy with relevant stakeholders.
“The stakeholders include National Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency at the federal and state levels.”
According to him, the commandant specifically requested that the Disaster Management Unit, Divisional Officers in charge of Kaduna-North, Kaduna-South, Chikun, and Jema’a take immediate and proactive action to alleviate the situation.
“The commandant summoned residents of Kabala Costain, Kabala Doki, and Kigo Road in Kaduna-North, Bashama Road in Tudun-Wada in Kaduna-South, and communities along the riverbank including Nasarawa and Keke B.”
Tudun Mashigi, Kurmi, and Doka Mai Jema’a in Chikun Local Government Area are also following the warning by taking precautionary measures and relocating from the most vulnerable areas.