The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed on Monday that the South-South geo-political zone of Nigeria experienced over 60 incidents of disasters from January till date.

NEMA’s South-South Zonal Coordinator, Mr Brandon Ibarakumo, disclosed this in Yenagoa at a one-day retreat “Re-engineering the Agency for Effective and Proactive Disaster Management’’, which was organised for the agency’s staff.

“Disasters are indeed becoming an issue of concern worldwide. The impacts on the society are on the increase and are a major obstacle to achieving sustainable socio-economic development.

“We have some records of the incident: pipeline vandalism, 12 incidents; fire and tanker explosion, more than 20 incidents; flooding, 30 cases of urban flooding due none adherence to the city plans,’’ Ibarakumo said.

He listed building collapse, flooding, fire and tanker explosion, among others, as disasters plaguing the region.

The coordinator charged communities and stakeholders to partner in a bid to seek ways to address these disasters long before they even occur.

While tasking staff of the agency to be more effective, he stressed the agency’s desire to sensitise individuals by carrying out periodic awareness campaigns.

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