FEDERAL Government has alerted
residents of 50 local government
areas in 14 states of the federation to
be prepared for heavy flooding this
The residents of Niger, Kebbi,
Sokoto, Kwara Kogi, Adamawa,
Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Anambra,
Edo, Delta, Rivers and Bayelsa States
will be mostly affected the looming
The forecast is contained in the 2015
Annual Flood Outlook published by
the Nigeria Hydrological Services
Agency, NIHSA, under the Federal
Ministry of Water Resources.
The forecast was made public at
the presentation of the 2015 Annual
Flood Outlook, AFO, in Abuja on
At the event, the permanent
secretary in the Federal Ministry of
Water Resources, Mr. Musa Istifanus
said that the sole objective of the
annual presentation was to provide
flood forecasts for the country
and advise on the precautionary
measures as well as providing early
warning and information on the
probable or critical flood zones.
“This noble idea has recorded
huge success through sensitisation
and early flood warning campaigns
evidenced by the increased
reduction in the loss of life and
property to flood incidences in the
past two years. This is the third in
the series and I have no doubt that the information contained therein
would increase awareness among
the general public on flood issues
and to reduce the destructive
impacts/effects of possible floods
as the raining season set in,” he
Also, the Director-General
of NISHA, Moses O. Beckley,
said floods and other related
extreme weather events are often
accompanied by loss of life and
property, displacement of persons,
damage to critical infrastructure
and disruption of socioeconomic
activities among others
“it is a common knowledge that
the devastation caused by floods
have been exacerbated by low
level of awareness of the effects
of human activities on drainage
systems, like blocking them with
refuse, flood pains such as erecting
of structures on flood plains and
illegal building of residential
structures on waterways, and
other low lying area not planned/
earmarked for residential
building,” he explained.
Beckley noted that sporadic
rainfall and the consequential
flashed floods that have been
recorded in some major urban
states like Lagos could be
attributed to low preparedness,
poor drainage system and
blockage of the runoff water
and poor urban development
plan or non-compliance by those

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