Severe windstorms forecast for Nigeria's Southsouth

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned states in Nigeria’s South-South region to prepare adequately for severe windstorms as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) to avoid casualties.

The agency issued the warning in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday by the NEMA South-South zonal Information Officer, Mr Roberts Ekemini. NIMET’s 2012 rainfall prediction shows that the 2012 rains in the South-South region are likely to be characterised by heavy windstorms.

The Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, said the essence of the NIMET prediction was to prepare the states and their citizens for the natural disaster, the statement said.

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Sani-Sidi said that NEMA, in its bid to reach out to the grassroots, had carried out a flood sensitisation programme in communities in the region.

He said NEMA would continue to ensure that the effects of disasters were adequately cushioned in the country.