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A team of European experts in civil protection is to arrive Nigeria today on an interventionist mission which includes proferring advice on measures to prepare for and mitigate the impact of floods in the country.

Nigerian Metrological Agency (NIMET) had warned that devastating floods were expected this year, even as the country is still battling to recover from devastation suffered from flooding last year when more than two million people were displaced, and homes and farmland destroyed.

The areas expected to be worst hit this year include Komadug, Yobe Basin and the Niger and Benue river basins.

The visiting European experts team includes spe...ts in civil protection from Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

There is also a representative of the European Commission?s Joint Research Centre (JRC), an expert from the Commission?s Regional Humanitarian Office in Dakar, Senegal and a liaison officer from the Emergency Response Centre of the commission.

Their visit followed Nigeria?s request for assistance through the European Union?s Civil Protection Mechanism.

According to information made available to the Nigerian Tribune from Brussels on Monday, the team of experts from the European Commission and four Member States would conduct a 10-day mission to Abuja and the flood-prone areas.

They would advise the Nigerian authorities on ways to improve the flood preparedness of the population and the national disaster management system.

The information has it that as the EU?s disaster management tool, the Civil Protection Mechanism is involved in both supporting response to natural and man-made disasters, and prevention against them.

It stated that so far in 2013, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism had been activated 16 times: five inside the EU and 11 outside.

It said: ?Reducing the risk of disasters is a priority for the European Commission both inside Europe and internationally. Mitigation of these risks is included in the majority of the Commission?s humanitarian and development projects abroad. In this way, the Commission contributes to global efforts to build a culture of safety and resilience among vulnerable communities.

?The European Civil Protection Mechanism facilitates cooperation in disaster response among 32 European states (EU-28 plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Norway).

?The participating countries pool the resources that can be made available to disaster-stricken countries all over the world.

?When activated, the Mechanism co-ordinates the provision of assistance inside and outside the European Union.

?The European Commission manages the Mechanism through the Emergency Response Centre, a state-of-the art facility, operating 24/7 from Brussels with the capacity to monitor and coordinate response to three simultaneous crises at a time.?

Meanwhile, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) have arrived in Kano to assess the extent of damage caused by Friday?s flood disaster in the state.

The Executive Secretary, Kano State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency (SERERA), Alhaji Aliyu Bashir, made  this known on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said that the officials were expected to visit all the nine local government areas of the state that had so far been ravaged by the disaster.

``The NEMA officials are here to assess and see things for themselves and are expected to visit the affected areas.??

 He listed the affected local government areas to include Kano Municipal, Dala, Gwale, Wudil, Fagge, Nasarawa, Tarauni, Dawakin-Tofa, Takai and part of Kumbotso.

Bashir said that four persons had been declared missing in Darmanawa ward in Tarauni local government area.

He said that three persons were also reported to have sustained injuries while 37 additional houses were destroyed by theflood.

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