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The Federal Government on Tuesday donated multi-million naira worth of relief materials to flood victims in some communities in Enugu State.
The Eastern Updates gathered that food and non-food items included 1,000 bags of 10kg rice, 1,000 bags of 10kg beans, 1,000 bags of 10kg maize, and 75 bags of 20kg salt.
Others were 75 kegs of 20-liter vegetable oil, 150 cartons of seasoning cubes, 75 cartons of tomato paste, 7,350 nylon mats, and 1,000 treated mosquito nets.
The rest were 600 toilet soaps, 2,500 pieces of five-yard Guinea brocade, 1,000 children’s wears, 1,000 women’s wears, and 1,000 men’s wears.
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Presenting the items to Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in Enugu, the Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, commiserated with the government and people of the state over the disaster.
Ahmed said that NEMA had been inundated with reports of floods in more than 450 Local Government Areas in the country and still counting.
He regretted that the unfortunate development had caused colossal damage to the country, including the loss of lives, livelihood, property, and infrastructure.
The NEMA boss called for ‘concrete and deliberate’ action that would lead to substantial reduction in flood disaster risks and losses in lives, livelihoods, and health, amongst other issues.
‘To be able to achieve these we need to have a better understanding of flood disaster risks, by looking deeply into the previous disasters.
‘A deeper questioning of what happened and why, could prevent a repetition,’ Ahmed said.
He also called for the strengthening of State Emergency Management Agencies (SEMAs) and establishment of Local Government Emergency Management Committees to manage disaster risks.