The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) at the weekend warned that if urgent care is not taken, about 78 residential houses, churches and bakeries situated on a water channel in Ado-Ekiti may be washed away by the next flood.
Coordinator of the agency in the South-west, Mr. Adebiyi Babatunde, who gave the warning in an interview with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, after an assessment tour of the major areas affected by the flood in the state, called on the government to take proactive steps to rescue the people living in that area.
Areas visited by the NEMA boss included, Ajowa-Dalemo, Omisanjana, Moferere, and Iworoko areas of the state capital.
The NEMA boss said some of the structures on the water lodged areas are residential buildings, churches, schools, block industries fish ponds among others, with an average of four flats and nine people per household.
The NEMA boss suggested that if it will be difficult for government to relocate the people, it should dredge the river in the area. While blaming the people for some of the flooding, Babatunde expressed displeasure over the dumping of refuse in drainages.