Avoid Driving or Walking Through Flooded Areas. The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued a stern caution to residents, urging them to refrain from attempting to drive or walk through floodwaters in order to avert unnecessary loss of life.Tragic Downpour Claims Life of Motorcyclist in Abuja’s Lokogoma District

Mrs. Florence Wenegieme, the Director of Forecasting Response and Mitigation at FEMA, conveyed this crucial message in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. Her warning comes in the wake of the tragic passing of a 31-year-old motorcyclist, Yakubu Lucky, who lost his life in Abuja on Friday due to flooding.

Reports was gathered that Mr. Lucky disregarded advice from local divers stationed at Dogon Gada in the Lokogoma District of the FCT, provided by FEMA. He proceeded to navigate through a pool of water, ultimately succumbing to the force of the flood.

Wenegieme emphasized that this heart-wrenching incident could have been avoided. She highlighted FEMA’s efforts to secure the area by setting up barricades whenever the road became inundated, in addition to installing billboards at vulnerable points to caution residents against venturing into waterlogged areas.

“We have our local divers and vanguards stationed there to stop people,” Wenegieme stated. “We have also mounted billboards at that particular location and other vulnerable areas, warning residents not to drive or walk in running water. But people pay deaf ears to our warnings; resulting in preventable deaths.”

She further explained that Mr. Lucky, perhaps overconfident in his familiarity with the road, chose to navigate through the barricade and into the flooded area, sealing his untimely fate.Despite FEMA’s extensive year-round awareness campaigns aimed at educating residents on how to stay safe during floods and other emergencies,

Wenegieme expressed her dismay that some individuals continue to disregard the agency’s warnings about floodwaters.”We will continue to sensitize residents against any action that will risk their lives during disaster or any kind of emergency,” she asserted.

But while we do our part; we are appealing to the residents to cooperate with us; heed to our advice and warnings to keep them safe.”

Wenegieme also highlighted the presence of FEMA-trained local divers, volunteers, vanguards, and emergency marshals in every community, ensuring swift responses to emergency situations.

They are also on hand to offer guidance and caution to residents in times of crisis.

Please listen to them and do what they ask you to do to keep everyone safe,” she implored.

This tragic incident serves as a poignant reminder of the critical importance of heeding official warnings, particularly during periods of flooding and other natural disasters. The collaboration between FEMA and the community is imperative to safeguarding lives and preventing avoidable tragedies.