Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Flooding expected in 14 Nigerian states- NIHSA

Sequel to the heavy rainfall being experienced in most parts of the country, the ‎Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, has announced that there will be flooding in 14 States ‎of the federation.

‎The Agency, made this known through its ‎Director-General, DG, Moses Beckley, during the public presentation of the 2016 Annual Flood Outlook in Abuja. He also warned that this year’s flooding would be higher and worst than what was experienced in 2015‎.

It could be recalled, that ‎the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, had in 2015, revealed its preparedness to confront any negative fallout from possible flooding, linked with the emptying of Cameroon’s Lagda Dam.

According to the ‎Public Relations Officer, NEMA, Sanni Datti, who spoke to Post-Nigeria, “‎After the 2012 crisis, the Nigerian Government had to sign an agreement with the Cameroonian authority basically in 2013, agreeing that they most duly notify the Government ahead of time, in order to take proactive measures”.

Related: ‎‎Why flooding from Cameroon is not a problem – NEMA

‎However, with the heavy downpour, the agency noted that most cities would experience heavy floods, due to the rise in sea levels and tidal surge.

Some of the States listed to be submerged ‎include: Ogun, Lagos, Rivers, Calabar, Benue, Sokoto, Anambra, Imo, Cross River, Yobe, Osun, Kaduna, Oyo and Yola.

‎Explaining further, Beckley said, “The expected inflows in the country for this year will be lower than that of 2012.

“Meanwhile, the predicted probable flood area coverage in 2016, is expected to be higher than the predicted probable flood, as well as the observed value of 2015.

“The expected areas of river flooding this year, are located in the following river basins: Niger, Benue, Sokoto-Rima, Anambra-Imo, Cross River, Niger Delta, Komadougu-Yobe, Ogun-Osun and several other sub-basins of the country.

“Some coastal areas such as Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Calabar, etc, are expected to experience flooding due to rise in sea level and tidal surge, while flash and urban flooding are likely to occur in Sokoto, Ibadan, Kaduna, Yola, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Hadejia and settlements/cities along the Nigeria coastal line.

“It is expected that those living along those places should keep safe distances, and those in the areas where you have dams constructed ,should also be careful erecting structures close to where the dams are”, the NIHSA Boss warned.

Presently, most of the States mentioned are living in palpable fear, as they do not have funds to immediately relocate communities living in risk areas.