Senate directs NEMA, others to aid flood victims nationwide

Senate directs NEMA, others to aid flood victims nationwide

The Senate Tuesday directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA and other relevant agencies to provide urgent humanitarian help to affected flood victims across the country.

It also urged relevant disaster management agencies to provide early warning to flood prone areas with a view to forestalling loss of lives and property in the Jigawa state affected areas.

The resolutions followed a motion sponsored by Senator Danladi Abdullahi Sankara (APC Jigawa North West) on recent tragic flood incidents that happened in several communities in Jigawa State.

It was titled “Urgent need for humanitarian support and assistance to victims of flooding across the country, especially Jigawa State”.

In his lead motion, Sankara lamented that over 1500 houses of residents in Ringim, Kazaure , Gumel Dutse and Hadejia Emirates in theState were washed away with attendant loss of about 100 lives.

In his words, “Major parts of the affected local government areas are still submerged with the state emergency response agency not being able to handle the disaster.

“If urgent medical and humanitarian assistance are not deployed to the affected victims, a major health challenge may result from the disaster”.

The upper legislative chamber, however, directed relevant agencies to quickly assist the victims with a view to making life bearable for them.