The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development collaborating with the World Bank to conduct a post disaster rapid impact assessment of flooding across the country.
The Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq who announced this at a Ministerial briefing on Thursday in Abuja said that the post rapid impact assessment will use the Global Rapid post-disaster Damage Estimation (GRADE).
“This exercise is intended to give an immediate understanding and estimation of the extent of damage and loss caused by the flood. This rapid estimation is needed because the physical Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) will take between 6 to 8 months. So while we wait for the PDNA to be conducted, we can use the GRADE for planning and financial purposes. As GRADE has been found to be fairly accurate, the findings will guide programs of recovery and flood prevention. We are keenly waiting for the result of the GRADE assessment on or before 2nd December, 2022”.
The Minister also called on all stakeholders to work towards early recovery and stabilization of affected communities.
“I would like to highlight the importance of coordination and partnership in national emergencies, which is the core objective and scope of the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. The Flood plan was a directive issued by Mr. President, given his concerns of the experiences of floods in 2018 and 2020. The plan was developed by multiple stakeholders and all MDAs and it finally received approval of the Federal Executive Council in September 2022.
The Flood Plan is currently guiding our field operations and addressing any gap in coordination we have faced at the Federal and Sub-National levels,” she stated.
Hajiya Sadiya commended communities, civil society organizations, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, UN Agencies and donors for their support to Nigeria to cushion disaster.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq once again condoled with victims of the recent flood disaster in the country and described the loss of lives, property and farmlands as colossal and unfortunate.
Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman, editing by Daniel Adejo