Weather Related Disasters Inevitable – NEMA

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Mohammed Sani Sidi, DG, NEMA
Mohammed Sani Sidi, DG, NEMA

The NEMA Zonal Coordinator, South South, Mr Umesi Emenike has said that the climate change phenomenon would continue to induce natural disasters such as windstorm, rain storm, droughts, landslide and flooding.

Mr. Emenike has therefore advised that Nigerians must remain committed in all programs aimed at mitigating such disasters.

The zonal coordinator who stated this while assessing windstorm disaster in Boki LGA of Cross River State said that the storm with the capacity to pull down trees in such a high magnitude indicated that climate change is having an unsavory effect on the environment.

The NEMA official said that it was worrisome that houses canopied in the forest of Boki were not spared in spite of the trees some of which were over 30 years old acting as windbreakers were knocked down and houses ravaged.

He stated that the magnitude and trend of the storm should be taken seriously by stakeholders fearing what will become of the communities that are now exposed to weather elements due to the pulling down of tree should another storm occurred.

According to him, planting of trees and fortification of buildings should become a culture of Nigerians so as to avoid calamities that could challenge the well being of the people.

The zonal coordinator urged State Emergency Management Agencies, SEMAs in the country, NGOs, CSOs and other stakeholders to synergize their programs and adequately sensitize the public against dangers associated with weather related disasters.

Mr. Emenike commended the Cross River State Emergency Management Agency for promptly responding to the disaster by assessing and giving the victims psychological healing.

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