- About 24 Nigerian states will suffer heavy rain between September and October 2020
- This prediction was given on Wednesday, July 29, by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA)
- The NIHSA also disclosed that states to be worse-hit by this disaster are Lagos and Ogun
Ahead of the massive flood which has been expected to hit many parts of Lagos soon, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has alerted the state government to begin evacuation of residents.
The NIHSA had forecast heavy rain from September to October, adding that the flood could lead to the loss of properties and even lives if nothing drastic is done on time, The Nation reports.
Clement Nze, the director-general of the agency revealed that out of about 774 local government areas in the country, 377 will be affected by the coming disaster.
Nze added that all local government areas in Lagos will be affected, except Epe. He went on to say that many parts of Ogun will be hit by the flood.
Other states in the country to suffer the flood are Ekiti, Kwara, Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that About 102 local government areas in 28 states across the nation had been alerted of an imminent flood by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
NEMA's director-general, Muhammadu Muhammed, in a statement on Friday, July 10, made it known that from the yearly Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) and Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) released by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, Kaduna would be one of the affected states.
Muhammed specifically stated that the Kaura and Zaria local government areas of the state would be hit by the flood.
To avert disasters that might possibly ensue from this natural occurrence, the NEMA boss called on state governments to organise humanitarian coordination meetings to get stakeholders ready.
He said: “That refuse, weeds, water hyacinths should be removed from drainages, water channels and all avenues for river run-offs so as to allow free flow of floodwaters.”
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