The Management of the FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has informed residents of some parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to expect flooding due to the recent torrential rainfall.
According to a public announcement by the agency, the rainfall has caused an increase in the water level of the Lower Usuma Dam making the dam to spill into the Usuma River Channel.
The agency listed areas most likely to be affected as Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje, Airport road, and Gwagwalada.
FEMA also gave six simple precautions to be observed by residents of the listed areas in order to avert disaster.
“This is to notify the general public that due to the recent torrential rainfall there has been an increase in the water level of the Lower Usuma Dam making the Dam to spill into the Usuma River Channel. People living along the Usuma Dam channel will experience increase in volume of water along the River Channels.
“Areas mostly to be affected are; Kubwa, Gwagwa-Karimo, Kuje and along Airport Road, Gwagwalada,” the announcement read.
The agency advised residents of the above settlements to observe the following simple precautions:
“Not all floods are alike. Some develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a minute and without any visible signs of rain. The communities are therefore advised to always listen to radio and television for information.
“In the case of possible flooding in any particular area, residents are advised to immediately move to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
“Beware of streams, drainage channels, and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings.
“Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall.
“Do not drive into flooded areas. If flood waters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground as soon as you can do so safely because the vehicle can be quickly swept away.
“While in a safe environment, call FEMA RESCUE TEAM on 112 Toll Free Emergency Number for prompt response.”
According to the announcement, the Management of FEMA and other stakeholders department in the FCT are working round the clock to ensure that everyone is safe.