FEMA responds to 82 flood cases, saves 421 lives, says D-G



FEMA responds to 82 flood cases, saves 421 lives, says D-G

By Salisu Sani-Idris

The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claims to have responded to 82 flood cases, saving 421 lives and property worth more than 102 million naira in 2020.

The director general (CEO) of the agency, Alhaji Abbas Idris, made this known during the FCT’s “Flood Outlook and Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP) review” in 2021, Wednesday in Abuja.

Idris also said that during the period, FEMA search and rescue teams responded to 53 traffic accidents and saved 89 lives and property worth more than N36 million.

He added that the agency had responded to 584 emergency calls following fires, of which 2,029 lives had been saved.

The managing director said 15 lives were lost and more than one billion naira worth of property was recovered in the incidents.

Likewise, he said the agency has received 40 calls about psychosocial issues from internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in which no lives have been lost.

“In summary, the search and rescue team received and responded to a total of 768 distress calls, of which 27 were false alarms.

“Along the same route, the CTF experienced the collapse of two buildings in which three lives were lost, 34 lives saved, while property worth over 84 million naira was recovered.

“Also in 2020, the agency responded to two cases of electrocution. It was as a result of tree branches coming into contact with power lines, ”he said.

Idris called on the Department of Parks and Recreation to step up monitoring activities to ensure trees near power lines are pruned to prevent loss of life.

He said the flood outlook was aimed at developing strategies in terms of prevention, mitigation and response to flood forecasts released by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency.

Idris said this has also helped update and strengthen the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, which clearly defines the specific roles of all emergency actors in the CTF.

“You will agree with me that at the time of our last review meeting in 2017, issues such as kidnappings, banditry, earthquakes and other emerging threats were not that difficult in terms of complexity and frequency of occurrence.

“Today, these emerging and complex disaster challenges have made it necessary to revise our disaster response plan, hence the need to organize this event,” Idris said.

Mr. Clement Nze, Director General of the National Hydrological Services Agency, commended FEMA for the proactive steps taken to mitigate disasters at FCT.

Representatives from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), National Guidance Agency (NOA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), FCT and DSS Road Traffic Services Branch attended the event. (NAA)


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