Mr. Mustapha Maihaja, Director General, NEMA, said in Abuja that the declaration followed the ongoing efforts of the agency to tackle and assist flood victims across the country.
He said that the declaration of the five new states now puts the numbers of flood affected states under flood emergencies to nine.
It would be recalled that on Sept. 17, a national disaster was declared in Kogi, Niger, Delta and Anambra States.
In consideration of the data and information being received, in particular the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) and guided by relevant NEMA Policy documents, additional five states are observed to have been impacted severely by the disaster.
``On the consultation, subsequent endorsement of all the stakeholders here present, and the delegation of Authority conferred on me by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I, Mustapha Maihaja, Director General, NEMA hereby declare National Disaster in the five (5) states of Adamawa, Bayelsa, Kebbi, Rivers and Taraba,” Maihaja said.
Maihaja commended the efforts and commitments of all stakeholders and the international partners for their contribution so far to the success of the operation.
He explained that the addition of the five states recently declared expands the scope and the need for response and call for more support accordingly.