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Flooding: FEMA continues assessment of Dafa Bridge after collapse

May, 2021 | By Faustina Ngaha | ||

As part of measures to mitigate the ravaging effects of flood disaster this rainy season, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has visited Dafa community, Kwali Area Council, in continuation of its assessment of flood-prone areas in the Territory. Director General, FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Forecasting Response and Mitigation (FRM), Mrs. Florence Nwenegieme during the visit, said assessment had become imperative considering the bad incident of flooding at Dafa bridge during the last rainy season that claimed one life and also cut off the bridge linking Tunga and Dafa communities.

The incident prevented the communities from conveying their farm produce to the markets last year. Alhaji Idriss described the Dafa bridge flood incident as life-threatening, leading to a situation where FEMA local divers had to carry members of the communities and their goods on their (divers') shoulders high across the bridge. "FEMA advocates disaster prevention and mitigation rather than relief material distribution. That is why we are here to access and see if there are other things to be done to avert a repeat of what happened last year," the DG said.

He expressed joy at the immediate response of Government to reconstruct the bridge, which is nearing completion, pointing out that before now, FCT Administration had arranged for flying boats to assist the communities cross the river. "With the construction of the bridge almost in completion the boats might no longer be necessary," he noted. He appreciated members of the community for always adhering and responding to FEMA's safety tips and warnings, thereby reducing casualty and disaster rate in their locality.

Also speaking during the visit, the Project Engineer supervising the bridge construction, Engr. Aba Nasiru affirmed that the bridge will soon be completed and was just awaiting finishing touches and construction of some embankments to prevent erosion and washouts. It would be recalled that the flood assessment tour to flood-prone areas of FCT for the year was flagged off at Galadimawa Roundabout on 31 March, 2021 as part of FEMA's preparedness for this year's rainy season.

The assessment was carried by a combined team of stakeholders including Department of Engineering Services, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), FCT Water Board, Department of Facilities Maintenance and Management (DFMM), Satellite Town Development Department (STDD), Area Council Services Secretariat (ACSS), th six Area Councils, National Orientation Agency (NOA), NEMA Zonal Operation Office and the media. Other areas already assessed are Giri and Dagiri in Gwagwalada Area Council, Trademore Estate and Galadimawa Roundabout.

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