Benue Flood: Handy Tips For Nigerians To Motivate Flood Disasters, By Ali Faagba
Posted On Sep 8, 2017
Climate change is real — and it’s already taking its toll on our planet.
On August 29, 2017, an epic natural disaster hit some part of Houston in America, killing about 30 people, according to a report by New York Times. Experts say another troubling storm is underway to befall another region. While the US government and her people are still trying to figure out how best to deal with the damages left behind by the catastrophe, another swathe of land was ravaged by heavy flood in Nigeria, Markudi area of Benue state precisely.
Like many parts of the world, flooding is not a stranger to Nigeria. One of the deadliest flooding occurred in the year 2012. The flooding that occurred separately in Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau and Benue states affected 7 million people. According to NEMA, 363 died and more than two million were displaced. This year again, Nigerian government had warned of severe flooding which might affect 30 states.
In this article I look into what ordinary Nigerians should do before and after flooding:
Flood watch: Nigerians should try to always watch out for flooding possibilities. This can be achieved by constantly keeping to Radio, TV and the Newspaper.
Taking warning very serious: gladly, there is usually a warning from the experts ahead of flooding. Instead of considering the God factor which is usually the commonest denomination for avoidable accidents, it must be borne in mind that God has helped us with the emergence of technology. People living in area prone to flooding must be willing to evacuate that area for the time being. Don’t forget to pray though.
Preparing all mechanisms of emergency evacuation: since we are in a country where emergency response is very poor, we must always be prepared ahead of troubles in case help doesn’t come on time. This can be done- in a case of flooding- by mastering an alternative route, by getting rides set, having basic medications around in case of any accidents and keeping contact with families and friends.
Get your mosquito net ready: this goes for any kind of anti-mosquito you can lay your fingers on.
After the flooding:
Avoid any contact with electricity: yes. And this includes any object that can contact electricity, like water or iron.
Don’t pick anything from the debris or pole until the area is dry and safe.
Steer clear of muddy roads: those roads can be deadlier than you think. In case there is an emergency and there is no other road, remember not to use your two legs to test a river’s depth.
Avoid rodents and insects: at a time of Lassa fever and Ebola, need I say more? Try and be at a safer side.
Don’t step into the water: that may be detrimental to your life due to possibility of many deadly animals and parasites in the water.
Prevent anything that can lead to fire outbreak: this is important at all time and even more important when you have no escape route and help won’t come easily.
Avoid getting exhausted: you obviously can’t afford to lose conscious at this time, can you?
Try to be safe always. Your life matters.