Abuja flood-affected estate declared disaster zone
About a week after flood submerged over 116 houses in Trademore Estate in Lugbe District of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, the administration has declared the Estate area a disaster zone.
Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) said the area needs immediate action to halt further loss of lives and properties.
The FCTA said it would come up with a programme of evacuating people from the area to prevent further casualties.
The permanent secretary of FCTA, Olusade Adesola, who made this known on Tuesday said the flooding incident at Trademore Estate was among the issues reviewed at the FCT Monthly Security Committee meeting to consider the effort that needs to be put in place to mitigate property damage and casualty from flooding in FCT.
Adesola, who led senior FCTA officials and heads of security and paramilitary agencies domiciled in the FCT, on an assessment tour of the affected area, said they were amazed that only two days after the flood, people have returned to some of the properties.
“We were quite amazed at the level of flooding that occurred in Trademore Estate. More particular is the risk that people took – to build in such a low-level plain. While on the road, we saw that even the roof of the houses was below the road level, which makes them vulnerable to flooding.
“The task force will immediately swing to action to make recommendations on urgent issues or attention that must be given to the area. As we cannot fold our hands and allow the destruction to continue. We were amazed that only two days after the flood, people returned to some of the properties.
“So, in a couple of days, we will be taking appropriate action. Having seen the extent of the flooding, we hereby declare the Trademore Estate area a disaster zone that needs immediate action to remedy further damages and loss of lives and properties.
“So, we will look at a programme of evacuating people from those areas, to ensure that we prevent the loss of lives and property. For the rest of the year, rain predictions show that there might still be more heavy rains, which means that there could be damages and casualties. And the FCTA will do everything possible within its power to ensure that we mitigate such occurrence,” he said.
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