NIHSA warns Nigerians of flooding in 35 states

NIHSA warns Nigerians of flooding in 35 states

- Nigerians have been warned that 35 states of the federation would experience flooding in 2018

- This was announced on Thursday, May 10, by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency

- The agency said 380 local government areas would be affected

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) on Thursday, May 10, announced that 380 local government areas in 35 states of the federation would experience flooding in 2018.

The agency said that flooding will be high in 78 local government areas, adding that the situation will not be severe like what was experienced in the country in 2012, Punch reports. notes that while commenting on the findings, the acting director-general of NIHSA, Olayinka Ogunwale, said: “Out of the 35 states that will be affected, 380 local governments will be involved. The highly probable ones are 78 in number and they are spread all over the country. But the severity of flooding in 2018 will not be as bad as what we had last year and, of course, it cannot be compared to what we had in 2012.

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“However, it is important to let those in flood-prone areas to know that the country will still experience flooding in 2018 and people in such locations should evacuate. This is one of the reasons for the AFO and the warnings from our agency and, of course, the government."

According to the minister of water resources, Suleiman Adamu, who unveiled the 2018 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), the government is putting in place measures to manage high water flows from rivers and to contain flooding across the country.

Adamu said that some of the measures being put in place include the construction of the Kashimbilla Dam, which was designed to contain any eventual break of Lake Nyos, the establishment of reservoirs, artificial lakes and buffers, barriers, irrigation facilities and other structural controls.

He added: “Nigeria is also working with the Niger Basin Authority, the Lake Chad Basin Commission, Nigeria-Cameroon joint Commission and the Nigeria-Benin Joint Commission to facilitate the pursuance of shared visions and effective management of water resources."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a heavy downpour that occurred on Thursday, April 20, in Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos, left most roads across the state covered by flood.

The downpour made it unbearable for the residents and commuters. One of the areas affected was Allen Avenue, Lagos.'s photo journalist, Ufuoma Gift Oke, paid a visit to the area and discovered how commuters and motorists found it a living hell to pass the flooded route.

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