380 Local Government Areas Will Experience Flooding in 2019 – NIHSA
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has on Thursday, May 10, issued a warning to all Nigerians that thirty-five states out of the thirty-six states of the federation will experience flooding this year, 2019.
Statistically, the agency announced that 78 local government areas out of 380 affected local government in 35 states of the federation would experience high flooding in 2019.
NIGERIA NEWS noted that the agency said that the situation will not be severe like what was experienced in the country in 2012.
Going further, the acting director-general of NIHSA, Olayinka Ogunwale, urged those in a flood-prone area to relocate to a better area.
“Out of the 35 states that will be affected, 380 local governments will be involved. The highly probable ones are 78 in number and they are spread all over the country. But the severity of flooding in 2019 will not be as bad as what we had last year and, of course, it cannot be compared to what we had in 2012.
“However, It is important to let those in flood-prone areas to know that the country will still experience flooding in 2019 and people in such locations should evacuate. This is one of the reasons for the AFO and the warnings from our agency and, of course, the government.”
Similarly, minister of water resources, Suleiman Adamu, who unveiled the 2019 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), said the government is putting in place measures to manage high water flows from rivers and to contain flooding across the country.
Adamu further added that some of the efforts being put in place include the construction of the Kashimbilla Dam, which was designed to contain any eventual break of Lake Nyos, the establishment of reservoirs, artificial lakes and buffers, barriers, irrigation facilities and other structural controls.
“Nigeria is also working with the Niger Basin Authority, the Lake Chad Basin Commission, Nigeria-Cameroon joint Commission and the Nigeria-Benin Joint Commission to facilitate the pursuance of shared visions and effective management of water resources,” Adamu said.
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