The National Emergency Management (NEMA) has declared the flooding in Adamawa, Taraba, Kebbi, Bayelsa and Rivers as a national disaster. The head of media and public relations of NEMA, Sani Datti, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the director-general of the agency, Mustapha Maihaja, made the declaration following the ongoing efforts of the agency to tackle and assist flood victims across the country. It would be recalled that a National Disaster was declared in Kogi, Niger, Delta, Anambra states on the seventeenth of September.
According to the agency, in consideration of the data and information being received, in particular the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) and guided by relevant NEMA Policy documents, the above listed states are observed to have been impacted severely by the disaster.
Maihaja commended the efforts and commitments of all stakeholders, and the international partners for their contribution so far to the success of the operation. He explained that the addition of the five states recently declared expands the scope and the need for response and call for more support accordingly.