SEMA engages stakeholders on flood disaster.

The Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA) has engaged the acting chairmen of the 17 local government areas in the state preparatory to the 2020 rainy season.
The SEMA Executive Secretary, Mohammed noted that the need to sensitise major stakeholders is paramount to prevent reoccurrence of flood disaster this year.
He stated that over 4800 households in 289 settlements were affected by flooding in 2019.
According to him, the state recorded heavy flood in 15 out of the 17 local government areas of the state adding that worst hit local governments were Bade, Fika , Potiskum and Damaturu.
He maintained that measures have been put in place to ensure people and communities are safe through rigorous training and retraining of staff on rapid response and community sensitisation to avoid waste disposal on water ways.
Similarly the agency has distributed food items to 20,000 vulnerable households.
“As you know, periodically, the state government reaches out to the most vulnerable people towards Ramadan period coupled with the global challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic , the governor directed us to give food items to almost 20,000 poor and vulnerable households in all the 17 local government areas in the state,” he said.
He said committees had been set up by the state government comprising all the stakeholders, who would be responsible for sharing the items to the targeted beneficiaries.

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