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As The Rains Are Here

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 12:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The rains are here again and there is an urgent need for both the citizenry and governments to take precautionary measures to forestall further flood devastation in the country. 

Recall that in July 2012, there were overwhelming cases of floods across the country. Available information from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) revealed that about 363 people were killed and 2.1 million others displaced by horrendous floods, due to the several days of heavy down pour recorded that year. The estimated damages recorded were put at N2.6 trillion. This indeed should not be allowed to reoccur.

Although the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has predicted a low rainfall below normal and a shorter rainy season period this year, it is important to take proactive measures to mitigate possible flood cases.

Already the Lagos state government is reported to be taking some steps to avoid the impending flood in the metropolis. Reports say that it has dispatched workers across the State to de-silt and clear the drainages, incase the rains defy NIMET’s predictions. The government has also advised residents living in low line flood prone areas to be on the alert and be ready to evacuate if it becomes necessary.  This is vital, considering that persistent rains could lead to a rise in water level of the lagoons and rivers. We share in the apprehension of the Lagos State, government and urge other states especially those that are coastal and prone to flood to take a cue from this and begin to put measures in place.

Already there have been some noticeable flash floods in certain sections of Lagos and other cities across the country after continuous rainfall. There is no doubt that flooding is usually a common sight in cities due to the concentration of a large population of people. As a result, there is always the tendency for people to engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drains which eventually clogs and blocks them resulting in unnecessary flooding.

Much as we appreciate that government has its own responsibilities, Nigerians need to avoid using the drains for refuse dumps to allow for easy passage of water. The unfortunate penchant for erecting structures in water ways must also be avoided, especially in Lagos and other thickly populated areas.

Ultimately, the need for all hands to be on deck is sacrosanct as the rains are here, to avoid the devastating effects of floods.