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10 States Risk Flooding In 2015 Rainy Season, NIHSA Warns

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 7:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor  –  Abuja


Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency[NIHSA] on Wednesday warned that 10 States in Nigeria are likely going to  be submerged by flood during the 2015 rainy season.

Director General of NIHSA, Moses Beckley, who disclosed this in Abuja during the presentation of 2015 Annual Flood Outlook, said the expected areas for river flooding are located in Sokoto-Rima, Niger, Benue and Anambra States.

Beckley said coastal flooding resulting from sea level rise and tidal surges are likely to occur in States like Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Lagos as well as flash flood which would likely occur in some urban areas such as Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Sokoto, Birnin Kebbi and Ibadan.

He also explained that some parts of Nigeria are precariously placed in terms of flood vulnerability because the factors generating the flood are from areas outside the territorial boundaries of Nigeria, as the control of such floods becomes difficult without regional agreements and cooperation.

To this end, he called on Nigerians especially those living in flood prone areas to prepare for  the mitigation of any flood, in order to reduce the risks and losses often associated with flooding.

According to him, “the rainfall cannot be stopped, hazard of flooding depending on the type can be contained.”

“Apart from rain, these floods could be attributed to low preparedness, poor drainage systems and blockage of the underground drainage by refuse which prevents free flow of runoff water and poor development plan or non-compliance by those affected.”

“If people do not take heed to these predictions, they will be greatly affected when the flood comes. There is the need to embark on prevention and mitigation measures that would ensure free flow of runoff into the drainages as well as good operation and maintenance of hydraulic structures such as dams and reservoirs.”

“These measures will enable us to live with flood, appropriate its positive elements and mitigate the adverse effects,” he said.