Flood in Nigeria

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMets) in charge of forecasting & predicting changes in weather patterns in Nigeria has cautioned about 34 states in Nigeria against pending bad weather occasion by heavy raining that has the potential of causing serious flood problem in their states.

These warnings were re-echoed by Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development who reminded the affected states to put proactive measures to cushioned the devastating effect of the impending flooding during the remaining part of this year.

TheMinister gave the charge via a statement issued byNneka Anibeze, her Special Adviser on Media. Sheurged states with highly probable flood risk areas to identify high grounds foruse as camps for the evacuation of possible Internally Displaced Persons and toshelter evacuated communities.

The minister said Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Taraba, Bauchi, Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Niger, Kogi, Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Abia, Rivers, and Akwa Ibom including Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Osun, Kwara, Zamfara, Sokoto, Lagos, Ondo, Bayelsa, Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun, Abia, Kano, Kebbi and the FCT are states forecast to experience heavy rainfall and possible flooding.

While sympathising with the people of Kebbi, Bauchi, and Jigawa states following heavy flooding in some areas which has led to the loss of lives and farmlands including the displacement of many people, Farouq urged states to organise humanitarian coordination fora to prepare all stakeholders for mitigation and response as well as request relief materials for a prompt response after the flood.

“The recent flood incidences in parts of the state affirm theneed for serious and urgent actions to be taken to safeguard lives and propertyagainst the predicted flood,” Farouq said.

“The 2020 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction and the Annual FloodOutlook forecasts flood situations for different parts of the country.”

“The Annual Flood Outlook forecasts that 102 Local Government Areas, in 28 states will have heavy rainfall while 275 local government areas in the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory will experience moderate flooding,” she added.

According to the Minister, the remaining 397 local governmentareas fall within the low probable flood risk areas.

“Unfortunately, the predicted floods have started to occur in many parts of the country, including Bauchi, Kebbi, and Jigawa states, therefore, it is imperative to activate all plans and measures against the prediction as the season moves towards the peak.”

Menace of Flood in Nigeria

The Minister also urged State Emergency Management Agencies, frontline Local Government Authorities, and other response agencies to put in place precautionary actions by carrying out public enlightenment campaigns, ensuring the desilting of river channels and canals and removal of all refuse and weeds from water channels, drainages and all avenues for runoffs so as to allow free flow of floodwaters.

Farouq assured that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has taken note of this year’s prediction and will continue to work with stakeholders to mitigate the possible effects of the flooding.