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FEMD caution FCT residents of impeding rainfall

By George George Idowu

The FCT Emergency Management Department (FEMD) has urged residents to exercise caution on the roads with the onset of the wet season in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This caution came in response to an early warning from the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet).

FEMD advised motorists to avoid driving through surface runoff water during rains, as these waters often have strong undercurrents.

According to NiMet’s heavy rainfall forecast bulletin, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected today, Wednesday and Friday, across parts of the FCT, Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa, Adamawa, Kebbi, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo, Kwara, Bayelsa, and Cross River States.

The forecast warns of potential flash floods due to the anticipated rainfall. It also highlights the possibility of strong winds accompanying the rains, which could lead to slippery road surfaces, reduced visibility, and pose threats to weak structures, trees, and masts.

Acting Director General of FEMD, Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Sabo has appealed to residents living near water channels to relocate, clear blocked drainages, and remove any obstructions to ensure the free flow of water.

He also urged residents to call the 112 Emergency Toll-Free number in case of emergencies.

 

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