By Joy Odor
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) on Wednesday said that seasonal flood outlook indicate that from April, May and June, 233 LGAs in 32 States of the Federation and the FCT fall within the highly probable flood risk areas.
It noted that from July, August and September, 212 LGAs in 35 States of federation including FCT fall within the moderately probable flood risk areas while the remaining month of October and November, 329 LGAs fall with the probable flood areas.
Clement Nze, Director-General of NIHSA at a press conference in Abuja disclosed that the affected states are Adamawa, Abia, Akwa-ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Ekiti Edo, Gombe, lmo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and the FCT.
According to him, so far, about 20 states in Nigeria have been affected with flood disaster which include 16 LGAs in Jigawa with 50 lives lost, 14 LGAs in Lagos with many caualties, Kaduna, Delta, Nasarawa, Ogun, Abia, Imo, Anambra, Kwara, Borno, Taraba, Oyo, Katsina, Maiduguri, Rivers, Yobe, Ekiti, Ondo and Enugu.
He adding that all the flood incident above were caused by overflow of silted rivers and poor drainage system as a result of localized rainfall that generated flash and urban flooding in the urban areas and metropolis.
Nze affirmed that as at today, both Kainji and Jebba dams on River Kaduna is impounding water, saying no release of water from any of the dams within and outside Nigeria.
Internationally, he said, “Nigeria is located within the River Niger Basin which is occupied by nine countries namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, Cote D’lvoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria.
“The country is located at the lowest portion of the Basin. This means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding incident. The period of flooding in these upstream countries is between August and October of every year” he said.
Nze said the agency is closely monitoring the situation this month, stressing that the flow of River Niger at Niamey, Niger be Republic is within the normal limit.
He added that that the Agency are also monitoring the development on the River Benue Sub-Basin and are keeping close contact with the Cameroonian authorizaties with regards to flood scenarios in the upper catchment of Sub-Basin.
Nze called on States and Local Governments Council’s to intensify and step up efforts towards averting flood-related in their domains as the nation is in the peak of flooding season up to early October, 2022.
He urged the States and general public to take necessary measures to prevent the ugly flooding menace of the past years by clearing blocked drainage system and camels, remove of refuse, weeds, water hyacinths and floats on water channel’s.