The rains are surely here and for many in Abuja and its suburbs, there has been no letting down. It has truly been raining cats and dogs. The FCT Emergency Management Agency has advised the residents of Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje, Airport Road and Gwagwalada to be wary of possible flooding.
The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, on Saturday in Abuja, said that torrential rainfall had increased the water level at the Usuma Dam and spilled into the Usuma River Channel.
“People along the Usuma Dam channel will experience an increase in the volume of water along the River Channels.
“Areas to be affected are Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje, Airport Road, Gwagwalada, among others.
“The situation is scary; FEMA is advising residents of the listed settlements to be wary of possible flooding.
“They should also observe simple precautions because not all floods are alike. Some develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a minute and without any visible signs of rain.”
He, therefore, enjoined communities to listen to the radio or television for information concerning the flood situation.
“Always be aware that there could be possible flooding. If there is any possibility of that in your area, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.”
He also urged the residents of Kubwa and Kuje to be aware of streams, drainage channels, and other areas prone to flash flood.
Idriss said that flash floods could occur in those areas with or without such typical warnings.
The director-general also cautioned residents against walking through moving water, adding that six inches of moving water could make people fall.
“Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.