233 LGAs in 32 states, FCT at risk of devastating flooding this year, Water Minister reveals…As 8 states face tidal surge, rise in sea level

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The Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, has raised alarm of an impending devastating flood outlook as 2022 rainy season began in March, indicating how 233 Local Government Areas in 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT may be adversely affected.

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He also warned of the possibility of eight states facing tidal surge occasioned by all-time rise in sea level.

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–Lagos street flooding

Adamu’s alarm came through a statement by his ministry’s  Deputy Director,  Press And Public Relations, Funmi Imuetinyan, weekend, to herald  the 2022 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) as forecast by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), in Abuja

According to him, the AFO has aided the abatement of flood risks in the country through early warnings and forecasting, and applauded the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency for improving on its predictive capacity through the introduction of new approach to the 2022 AFO which are designed into three respective scenarios of flood outlook for the months of April to June(AMJ); flood outlook for September to July (JAS); and flood outlook for the months of October to November (ON), respectively.

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He said: “The general outlook of 2022 Annual Flood Outlook, AFO, shows that 233 local government areas in 32 states of the federation and FCT fall within the Highly Probable flood risk Areas, while 212 local government areas in 35 states of the federation including FCT, fall within the moderately probable flood risk Areas.

“The remaining 392 local government areas fall within the probable flood risk areas.

“The highly Probable Flood risk states include: Adamawa, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta and Ebonyi. Others are: Ekiti, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and FCT.”

The minister noted that eight states will battle with tidal surge and rise in sea level in 2022 based on the AFO.

“Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Ondo will experience coastal flooding due to tidal surge and rise in sea level,” he further stressed.

According to the minister, flash and urban flooding will be experienced in parts of major cities, including Lagos, Kaduna, Suleja, Gombe, Yola, Markurdi, Abuja, Lafia, Asaba, Port Harcourt, Yenagoa, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Benin City, and Birni kebbi. Others include Sokoto, Lokoja, Maiduguri,Kano,Oshogbo,Ado Ekiti,Abakaliki, Awka, Nsukka, Calabar and Owerri.

He, however, assured that efforts are in top gear by the Ministry of Water Resources to put in place structural control measures such as dams, canals, storm drains and other facilities to divert flood waters from highly probable flood risk zones in the country, noting that there is strong collaboration with neighbouring countries with regards to water releases from dams within their catchments and better preparedness to avert any flood incidents.

Speaking earlier at the public presentation of the 2022 AFO, the Director General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Engr Clement Nze, had expressed optimism that Nigerians will be better informed, educated and enlightened with the 2022 AFO document, as the Minister unveiled the AFO document to the public./SHARE THIS

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