The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) has hinted that the agency a total number of 3715 lives were saved in various rescue operations within the same period under review.
While also adding that the agency
was able to salvaged an estimated goods and properties worth over 1.264 billion Naira from market fire outbreaks between January and December 2021.
FEMA Director General, Abbas Idriss, gave this hint at briefing newsmen on the major disasters that occurred in 2021 in the nation’s capital included: flooding, market fires and building collapse.
He stated that 2,025 lives were saved from flooding in the FCT, with the highest figure of 802, coming from the Trademore Estate flood incident in Lugbe, while 5 lives were lost to flooding in the area.
He added that FEMA rescued 1444 persons from various fire rescue operations in the Ebeano Super Market fire, where 74 persons were rescued, the Kugbo furniture market with 102 lives saved and 300 lives from the Gwarimpa old tipper garage fire.
According to him, the Agency recovered 26 vehicles during the rescue operations while,183 houses were submerged during the period under review.
FEMA boss, however, revealed that the Agency recorded an increase in the use of its 112 toll-free emergency number, as it received 173 distress calls in 2021, as against 153 in 2020.
His words; “Between January and December 2021, FEMA responded to 173 distress calls. These calls covered response to flood disasters, fire incidents, collapsed buildings, drowning, gas explosion etc.
“A total number of 3715 lives were saved in various rescue operations within the period under review;
57 persons were however fatally injured during these disasters.
“Other rescue operations attended to in 2021 included incidents of collapsed buildings, where we were able to rescue 17 persons; we however lost 2 lives.
“Drowning incidents claimed one life while we rescued 7 persons from various rivers. We recorded 2 incidents of gas explosion, thankfully no lives were lost. We also lost 7 lives to Military Air crash.
He continued; “The Agency salvaged an estimated goods and properties worth over 1.264 billion naira from market fire outbreaks last year.
“We believe in proactive measures to mitigate disasters; hence we undertook hazard mapping of the FCT, vulnerability assessment as well as deployment of technology in our operations. These greatly enhanced our performance in 2021,” the FEMA boss stated.