- 600 local government areas are under threat of flood in 2019 according NIHSA
- Going further, the agency said that 74 local government areas are highly probable to experience flooding and 400 LGAs are probable to experience flooding
- In his reaction, minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said this report would serve as an early warning to people and communities located in and near flood plains and other vulnerable areas
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) on Tuesday, April 30, presented its 2019 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) in Abuja.
The AFO was presented at a workshop for key stakeholders to share knowledge, experiences and international best practices for the benefit of the country.
The minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said the AFO was the 7th in the series with the theme “The Role of Efficient Hydrological Services in National Development” by the agency.
Adamu said the AFO would serve as an early warning to people and communities located in and near flood plains and other vulnerable areas.
He added that it would also put in place actions necessary to ameliorate adverse effects of flood to lives and property.
The minister said the federal government has taken fundamental initiatives to manage river flows within the country.
According to the director general, NIHSA, Clement Nze, the agency has predicted that 74 local government areas are highly probable to experience flooding, 400 LGAs are probable to experience flooding while 600 LGAs are under threat of flood in 2019.
“The issues here have been well articulated, no person should build structures within the flood plains, and people should clean their drainages.
“2018 was mainly river flooding and pockets of urban flooding.
“Urban flooding is caused by sudden rainfall of heavy amount for very short duration, the ground is unable to take in all of the torrential rain and begins to finds an escape.
“When the flood looks for a way to move and does not find any, it begins to pull down buildings and bridges.
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“It is not easy to predict urban flooding, it occurs suddenly mostly, but river flooding can be predicted to a high level of accuracy because of equipment along the river channels in Nigeria,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that some northern states have been hit by extreme heat waves in the last few weeks.
According to the report, the worst hit states are Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, and Jigawa.
The situation has also prompted fears of outbreaks of diseases such as meningitis, cholera, among others.
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