The Trademore Estate region was deemed a disaster zone on Tuesday by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, or FCTA, who also urged immediate action to prevent further losses of lives and property.
The call, according to OHAFIATV News, came days after the fatal flooding that submerged no fewer than 116 homes in Abuja’s Lugbe District.
The flooding incident at Trademore Estate was one of the issues discussed at the FCT monthly security committee meeting, according to FCTA Permanent Secretary Olusade Adesola, who made this statement on Tuesday while leading senior FCTA officials and heads of security and paramilitary agencies based in the FCT on a tour of the affected area.
Adesola noted that the FCDA Executive Secretary, who chairs the Taskforce on Flood Mitigation in FCT, the CP, and other FCTA officials, particularly FEMA, Development Control, and AEPB, were now prepared to go and develop solutions that would immediately address the threat. Adesola was surprised that residents in the affected areas began to return a few days after the incident.
“We recently traveled to Trademore to observe the developmental difficulties brought on by the drainage system set up to prevent water from flowing across the local roads. We have determined that this requires urgent investigation,” he said.
He claimed that they were astonished by the extent of the flooding that took place at Trademore Estate.
He declared that the task force would get to work right away to formulate recommendations on any urgent problems or areas that required special attention.
He said they would consider a plan to evacuate residents from those areas.
“Rainfall forecasts for the remainder of the year indicate that there may still be more intense downpours, which could result in losses and casualties. And the FCTA will use all of its resources to ensure that we take steps to limit such occurrences,” he said.