The Kaduna State Government, has called on the communities along the flood- prone areas of the state to be wary of being caught by flooding this wet season.
Mallam Abdullahi Rigasa, the General Manager, Kaduna Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA), made this appeal in Kaduna on Tuesday at an interaction with newsmen.
According to him, Kaduna township has experienced flash floods at more than 30 locations in five Local Government Areas in August alone.
He predicted that rainstorm would equally be heavy in September as experienced on Monday.
‘‘It is no longer safe for residents living along River Kaduna, as the river is already overflowing its banks,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that KEPA had warned against the occurrence of imminent flooding in five Local Government Areas of the state.
He listed Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Soba and Kaura Local Government Areas as the places likely to be affected.
Rigasa said the mandate of KEPA was to prevent the occurrence of flooding and ensure that residents are well prepared for any imminent flood disaster.
“In 2017, flooding was recorded in 14 council areas namely; Kaduna South, Kaduna North, Kaura, Chikun and other Local Government Areas but with no casualties”.
He strongly advised communities and citizens in flood-prone areas to move to safer places and maintain vigilance throughout the month.
Rigasa further advised relevant agencies to perfect their emergency evacuation plans and begin to take action as quickly as possible. (NAN)