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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NHSA Warns Akwa Ibom and 34 other States to brace-up as Flooding looms


Anambra, Benue, Ogun, Osun, Niger, Imo and Niger Delta areas are to experience severe flooding in 2017, while Lagos and Ondo will see coastal flooding due to the rise in sea level and tidal surge, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA), has warned. NIHSA raised the alarm of imminent flooding in about 35 states, as it presented the 2017 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) in Abuja.  

NHSA Director General, Moses Beckley, who said the floods would spread to many local government areas, called on government at all levels to ensure early preparation. States to be affected by the 2017 flood include Niger, Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, Kwara, FCT, Kogi, Taraba, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Delta and Bayelsa. Others are Imo, Rivers, Enugu, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Lagos, Ekiti, Abia, Cross River, Akwa-Ibom, Kano, Jigawa, and Edo.


Beckley said some states would see flashes of flood as the rain sets in, adding that the number of people vulnerable to devastating flood would continue to rise because of large scale urbanisation and population growth in flood prone areas.  He said, “The agency is sensitising the general public, especially those living in flood prone areas, on probably flooding events and advising them to take proactive steps to avoid loss of lives and property, damage to crucial infrastructure, disruption of socio-economic activities and in some cases, displacement of people in the affected areas.”

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