Huge Floods’re Coming Your Way-FG to States


*Warns of Worse Days Ahead for 28


Alerts on Imminent Disaster for 18


By Ade-Ade, Abuja

The Federal Government, via the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency, NIHSA, has warned of imminent heavy flooding over the next few months. In the warning, which was issued on Wednesday by the Director-General of the agency, Mr. Clement Nze, Lagos and Osun states were listed as parts of the country most likely to experience the worst of the phenomenon alongside with flood-related disasters.
Nze who briefed newsmen in Abuja, added that not less than 18 states have already started experiencing flood disasters even as the rainy season is yet to peak in the country.
Nze disclosed that the greater part of the country’s flooding incidents results from inadequate drainage systems which, grossly overwhelmed by water deluge from localized heavy downpours, lead to flash and urban flooding, warning that the situation is going to get worse as river and coastal flooding set in.
“It must be pointed out virtually that all the flood incidents above were caused by poor drainage systems as localised rainfall generated the urban flooding. River flooding and coastal flooding are yet to set in,” the NIHSA DG pointed out.
The NIHSA boss disclosed that in particular, Lagos and Ogun states are most likely to go through three stages of floods, which include urban, river and coastal flooding due to their geographical location.
Nze reiterated that currently, flood disasters have occurred in many states, Lagos in particular, where many areas, including Mushin, Shomolu, Victoria Island, Lekki and Marina where residents have had distressing experiences. Other hard-hit locations in the South West include Ijebu Ode, Ado Ekiti and Akure.
The South-East, according to Nze, was not spared, as Aba, Enugu, Onitsha and Owerri also took some serious flooding hits. Asaba in Delta and Bori in Rivers State make up the South-South e perience while flooding in Gashua, illorin, Maiduguri, parts of Kaduna, Katsina, Nasarawa and Taraba complete the nationwide flood disaster spread.
“As at today, flood disasters have occurred in many states, notable in Lagos councils of Mushin,Shomolu, Victoria Island,Lekki ,Marina; Keffi in Nasarawa;Onitsha in Anambra; Owerri, Imo; Aba, Abia; Ilorin and Offa, Kwara; Kaduna; Bori,Rivers; Ijebu Ode, Ogun; Asaba, Delta; Jalingo, Taraba; Gashua, Yobe; Ado Ekiti, Ekiti; Akure town, Ondo; Borno, Katsina, Enugu and Maiduguri. It must be pointed out virtually that all the flood incidents above were caused by poor drainage systems as localised rainfall generated the urban flooding. River flooding and coastal flooding are yet to set in,” Nze said.
Nze noted however, that all hope is not lost as there are steps that can be taken to avoid the looming disaster. According to him, rather than wait until there are victims to be rehabilitated, all states, local governments and other stakeholders, including multi-national companies, public-spirited individuals and philanthropists must take pro-active and pre-emptive flood-preventive measures to rein in the imminent menace.

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