The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has disclosed that over eight thousand persons have fallen victims of fire and windstorm disasters in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo State in the first two months of the 2015.
Even as the Agency urges Nigerians to embrace the culture of planting trees in their surrounding as a measure to stem the tide of soil erosion and rainstorm related disasters.
In a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, on Sunday, the Agency revealed that eight thousand and forty-six (8,046) persons were affected in seven major different incidents with Lagos State recording one thousand and sixty-four (1,064)persons.
The breakdown of the incidents show that, in Lagos, “Iwaya community recorded 652 persons and while Berlin Street, Marina fire disasters with 412 traders have being provided with plenteous relief materials by NEMA through Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA).
“In Ogun State, Igbo Aje Market, Ilaro of Yewa South of the State had 306 traders affected by a market fire outbreak that occurred on the 27th January, 2015,” it said.
Adding that, “About six thousand, six hundred and seventy-six persons were affected in 4 different incidents of wind and rainstorm disasters that occurred in 6 communities of Ilaro in Afijio Local Government Area (LGA); Lagbondoke and Agunpopo communities of Atiba LGA; Irewole and Isokan communities in Oyo West LGA and Oko town in Surulere LGA all of Oyo state. All the incidents occurred between 9th and 10th February, 2015.
“The assessment of extent of damages showed that 2 persons were injured in Irewole Community of Oyo West LGA.
“One thousand houses and two hundred and fifty-one shops were affected in all the three states.
Meanwhile, NEMA has delivered relief materials to victims of fire disaster at Iwaya Community in Yaba LCDA of Lagos through Lagos State Government State,” NEMA stated.
“The food and non-food relief materials such as: 300 bags of cement, 400 bundles of roofing sheets, 500 pieces of wax prints as women wears, 200 pieces of Guinea Brocade as men wears, 100 pieces of Children wears, 100 bags of garri, 40 cartons of 3 in 1 tea, 60 packets of zinc nails, 60 bags of 3” inches nails, 150 bags of rice, 500 pieces of blankets, 500 pieces of mosquitoes treated net and other assorted consumables were handed over to Lagos State Emergency Management Agency for distribution to the Iwaya community fire Disaster victims in conjunction with the respective Local Government and community authorities.
“Also, NEMA has released 400 bags of cements, 300 bundles of roofing sheets, 100 bags of rice, 100 bags of garri, 250 pieces of Mosquitoes treated nets, 500 ceiling boards, 100 bags of 3 inches nails, 20 bags of sugar and 75 cartons of Indomie to Lagos State Emergency Management Agency to be distributed to the victims of Fire disaster at Berlin Street, Marina, Lagos.
“NEMA is imploring the Nigerians to embark on tree planting as a measure to guard against wind/rainstorm as well as prevent soil erosion while creating serene environment for living of all.