The Federal Government has approved emergency management plans to mitigate the impact of the flood nationwide.
Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, the Permanent Secretary (PS), Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, made this known during a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.
Sani-Gwarzo spoke after the emergency meeting on the flood situation with relevant stakeholders in Abuja.
He said the government had approved the National Emergency Flood Preparedness and Response Plans to mitigate and reduce the impact of the flood nationwide.
He said that experts responsible for controlling flood disasters had informed the committee that the scale of the 2022 flooding was similar to that of 2012.
According to him, the meeting would come out with a communique to inform Nigerians that the government was not only aware of what the situation was but was prepared to reduce the impact.
Sani-Gwarzo further disclosed that the government is also prepared to ensure that those places and communities not affected also get some relief materials.
He recalled that early this year, NiMet predicted that some parts of the country would witness increased rainfall and deep into the rainy season as one of the African countries would release water from its dam.
Sani-Gwarzo explained that the release of the water led to increase in the volume of water that Nigeria was taking in.
He added that the release of the water resulted to the flooding, stressing that by the grace of God, the impact would be reduced to the bearest minimum, saying more lives would be saved.
He said that National Emergency Management Agency came up with relief materials reaching nothing less than 315,000 people that were displaced across the line of the flooding impact.
“It is on record that over 1.4 million persons were displaced, with about 500 persons being reported dead, 790,254 persons moved out of their locations, while 1,546 persons were injured.
“Similarly, 44,099 houses were partially damaged, 45,249 houses were totally damaged, 76,168 hectares of farmlands were partially destroyed, while 70,566 hectares of farmlands were destroyed.
“The National Emergency Flood Preparedness and Response Plans for Nigeria have just been approved by the Federal Executive Council, and it contains all the details of the roadmap that needs to be done.
“It includes the immediate, short term and long-term plans, and therefore, we have a clear view of what to do and how to go about it, mitigate and reduce the impact of flood in the country.
“We are taking all the necessary actions to bring relief to the people affected by the flood. All the concern agencies have renewed their commitment to strengthen their efforts in reaching out to the victims and bring relief to them,” he said.
Sani-Gwarzo revealed that during the stakeholders’ meeting, they came out with three prompt approaches for the future.
“They include the immediate actions that would be taken by respective agencies, the short-term measures and the long-term measures that would be taken by agencies responsible.” (NAN)