The FCT Emergency Management Agency, FEMA , says it responded to 82 flood cases, saved 421 lives and property worth more than N102 million in 2020.
Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss made this disclosure at the 2021 “Flood Outlook and Review of FCT Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP)’’ in Abuja.
Alhaji Idriss explained that, the Search and Rescue Teams of FEMA within the period in review responded to 53 road accidents and saved 89 lives and property worth more than N36 million.
The FEMA DG who further hinted that the agency responded to 584 emergency calls on fire outbreaks out of which 2,029 lives were saved, and one billion naira worth of property salvaged in the incidents, expressed regret over the 15 persons that lost their lives.
He said the agency also received 40 calls on psycho-social issues from the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) settlements in which no life was lost.
“In summary, the Search and Rescue Team received and responded to a total of 768 distress calls out of which 27 were false alarms… the FCT experienced two building collapse in which three lives were lost, 34 lives rescued, while property worth more than N84 million were salvaged… responded to two cases of electrocution. This was as a result of tree branches coming in contact with power lines,’’ Idriss explained
He therefore used the medium to appealed to the Department of Parks and Recreation to intensify its monitoring activities to ensure that trees close to power lines were pruned to avoid loss of lives.
He said the flood outlook was aimed at deepening coordination in the areas of prevention, mitigation, and response to flood prediction as released by the Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency.
“You will agree with me that as at the time of our last review meeting in 2017, issues such as kidnappings, banditry, earth tremor, and other emerging threats were not so challenging… Today, these emerging and complex disaster challenges have made the review of our disaster response plan a necessity”
On his part, the Director-General, National Hydrological Services Agency, Mr clement Nze commended FEMA for the proactive measures to mitigate disaster in FCT.
Representatives of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Federal Road Safety Corps ,FRSC, FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services, DSS and National Orientation Agency, NOA graced the occasion.