National Emergency Management Agency says heavier rains are imminent in the South-West and this may result in flooding.
The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA in the South-West, Mr. Iyiola Akande, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Osogbo.
Speaking before the commencement of a sensitisation programme organised by the agency, Akande said states in the zone should put in place measures to combat flooding.
He recalled that following the prediction of NIMET before the rains, NEMA had warned through sensitisation programmes on the need for Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states to prepare for the downpour.
He said, “The rains are now coming in torrents with resultant effects of flooding, an indication that the state governments should take the prediction seriously by curbing it.
“The DG (Muhammed Sidi) has directed that this sensitisation programme should be carried out to educate the people and let government authorities perform their civic responsibilities to the people by widening and dredging rivers and streams.
“People should also desist from dumping refuse in rivers and water ways as well as stay away from riversides in the event of flooding to prevent loss of lives.”
NEMA also called on town planning authorities and similar agencies to ensure strict compliance with laid down rules and regulations in order to keep the environment clean and safe.