Hydrological Agency alerts on ‘more devastating’ floods from August in FCT, 28 states

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The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned that 28 states flood-prone and the FCT are likely to experience more devastating floods from the end of August to early October.

Clement Nze, the Director-General of NIHSA, at a media parley in Abuja, said the areas earlier identified as flood-prone this year as well as those along the rivers Niger and Benue may likely begin to experience more devastating flooding from the end of August.

Nze said from earlier predictions, Lagos, Nasarawa, Anambra, Abia, Kwara, Kaduna, Rivers, Enugu, Borno, and Ondo states had witnessed severe flooding as a result of heavy local rainfalls compounded.

“Nigeria is located within the River Niger Basin which is occupied by nine countries namely Benin, Burkina- Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria,” Nze said.

“Nigeria is located at the lowest position of the River Niger Basin and this means that once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding. The period of flooding in these upstream countries in August and September of every year.’’

He said his agency is monitoring the development and will also continue to monitor Cameroonian authorities concerning flood scenarios in the upper catchment of the sub-basin.

He warned Lagosians against the practice of dredging and sand filling the Atlantic ocean to build model cities like those in Lekki and Banana Island because this may pose serious threats in the future.

In its 2021 flood outlook, the NIHSA had predicted that 28 states, including the FCT, would most likely experience flooding this year.

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