The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has disclosed that over 140, 000 residents of Borno State, Northern Nigeria have fled the state due to insecurity. The residents have reportedly contunued fleeing as a result of rising terror in the capital.
The numbers have steadily increased as residents of Damboa town have also fled the area after terrorists suspected to be members of Boko Haram attacked the town last Friday night. The new influx has added to the already list of thousands of refugees housed in various camps run by NEMA in Maiduguri. Some of the fleeing residents of the town who fled to Maiduguri told journalists that the insurgents were known to always come back and attack the towns. Abdul Kadir Ibrahim, NEMA’s Northeastern regional spokesperson, told journalists that there were adequate provisions in place in Maiduguri to accommodate the internally displaced people from Dambo.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has established an operation office in Owerri, Imo state capital to enhance timely response to emergencies in the zone. The director-general, NEMA, Sani Sidi said the decision was in line with the national coordination mechanism aimed at reducing cost and quicken prompt response to emergencies.


This bring to six the total number of operational and zonal offices of the agency which is saddled with the responsibility of managing disasters in Nigeria. The Imo state governor who was represented by the secretary, state emergency management agency, expressed appreciation to the federal government for the facility adding that it would enhance effective disaster management in the zone. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), was established in 1999 to coordinate resource towards efficient and effective disaster prevention, preparation, mitigation and response in Nigeria. Imagine going to sleep at night, and waking up to a storm that not only pours down heavily from the skies, but also rapidly floods your home and destroys all you have ever worked for. This is just the case in the lives of many Nigerians across several communities in the central and south eastern States of Nigeria affected by the floods in this year. In the affected areas, victims have taken shelter at the various camps set up by the State governments, the poor condition in such communities will lead  to the wide spread of diseases and ultimately more lives will be lost if something isn’t done to improve the living condition at the camps. Relief materials such mattresses, blankets, mosquito nets, food and water are in great demand at the camps.
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However the activities of this agency was not as effective until the cases of flooding in some states including Benue and Kogi; and the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east. You would scramble to get as much as possible out to safety, but realise that it’s a futile exercise. Many would abandon everything at this point and try to at least get to safety and save their lives.
Millions have been displaced, are hungry, cold and homeless with nothing but the damp clothes on their backs.



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