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Communities, volunteers ready to face upcoming floods – Red Cross

The Country Manager of the British Red Cross in Nigeria, Karsten Voigt, says communities and volunteers are ready to face the challenges expected with the upcoming floods.

Voigt said this at the sidelines of the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the British Red Cross donated resilience items to some communities in December 2023, to help mitigate the effects of flooding.

The items included cash, rain boots, rain coats, mosquito nets, handheld flashlights, solar powered lights with radio, USB chargers and a bridge to link the communities.

The communities that benefited included Agboyi 1, Agboyi 2, Agboyi 3 and Odo Ogun in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state.

Voigt said the Red Cross had measured the impact of the project in the communities and noticed that a lot of progress had been made.

According to him, apart from the cash and items given to the communities, simulation exercises have also been carried out to prepare the volunteers ahead of the floods.

“We have seen that people used the cash to address immediate needs they have after floods.

“Many households have used part of the cash to build up businesses.

“The solutions we have given to them are not only addressing their immediate needs after the disaster but actually building family income for their future,” he said.


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