The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has declared Trademore estate, Abuja, a disaster zone that needs immediate attention.
The move by the FCTA followed the floods that affected more than 116 houses within the Territory on Friday, last week.
The Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Olusade Adesola made the declaration when he led senior FCTA officials and heads of security and paramilitary agencies on an assessment tour to ascertain the level of damage caused by the floods in Abuja.
Mr Adesola said the FCT Administration would come for evacuation programmes in the area to prevent further loss of lives and property.
According to him, the flood disaster at Trademore Estate was among the issues reviewed at the FCT Monthly Security Committee meeting, convened to consider what needs to be done to mitigate damage to property and casualties due to flooding in the FCT.
“we just visited Trademore to see the developmental challenges occasioned by the nature of the drainage constructed against water across the roads in the area. We have seen the need to look into this urgently,” he said.
Mr Adesola said it was regrettable that just two days after the flood, people had already returned to some of the properties.
He warned the culprits that the FCTA was on the verge of “taking appropriate action”, having examined the extent of the flooding.
He, however, assured residents that the FCTA would “do everything possible” within its power to ensure that mitigating measures are put in place, especially considering that forecasts for 2023 all point to more heavy rainfall ahead.
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