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Published On: Tue, Jun 5th, 2018

Karshi flood: Monarch tasks gov’t on sensitization of communities

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Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

In the wake of the recent flash flood that purportedly killed three persons in Karshi Chiefdom of Abuja, the nation’s capital, Chief of Karshi, Alh. Ismaila Mohammed has called on the relevant government agencies to intensify sensitization of communities in flood prone areas.
This, the Monarch said was necessary to prevent the reoccurrence of flooding and other avoidable environmental disasters especially in rural communities in the FCT.
He spoke yesterday, while receiving Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) delegation led by the Council Vice Chairman, Lawrence Onuchukwu, on a condolence and assessment visit.
Recall that following a heavy downpour, a flash flood disaster occurred in the community, last Saturday, claiming the lives three persons, who were allegedly inside two vehicles taken away, due to the velocity of rain water around a slope in the area.
And when our correspondent visited the scene of the incident yesterday, information broke that another unidentified body of a man has been recovered from a river bank in Kurape community, near Karshi.
Addressing the AMAC entourage, the Karshi Chief said stakeholders should be able to learn from the flood incident, which is the most important thing to do.
He noted that the relevant authorities should double their efforts to sensitize the communities along flood prone areas.
“In the meantime, only two bodies have been recovered from the scene of the incident. But so far, we are still searching for more missing persons.
“While we pray that God will prevent a repeat of the incident, we must also put precautionary measures in place, to prevent a reoccurrence of the incident.
“There is arrangement to close the road whenever it rains, to avert a repeat of the incident in the area,” the Monarch stressed.
Earlier, AMAC Vice Chairman, Lawrence Onuchukwu who described the incident as unfortunate, given that it was avoidable, saying that the delegation was there for condolence and assessment visit.
Onuchukwu assured that the Council through its local emergency Committee will work with youth to sensitize various communities along flood prone areas, to prevent a reoccurrence in AMAC.
Our correspondent reports that AMAC entourage after inspecting the scene of the incident, also visited the family of late Esther Peter, 16, one of the victims of the Saturday’s flood.

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