Twelve Nigerian states warned to guard against flooding


Nigerian authorities on Wednesday issued warning to a list of 12 states that might experience possible flash floods, river overflows and landslides in 2015, local media reported. wpid-floods.jpg
Probable risk areas in the country had been classified into: High Risk, Medium Risk and Low Risk Flood areas, said Moses Beckley, director-general of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency in Abuja.
Beckley listed Niger, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Anambra, Taraba, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kogi and Benue as the states that are prone to high flooding.
The director-general said Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta and Lagos are expected to experience coastal flooding due to the rise in sea level and tidal surge, calling for the immediate evacuation and relocation of people living in the flood-prone areas and waterways.
He also urged Nigerians to put in place responsive measures that would help in reducing flood hazards, as human activities are mainly responsible for recurrent flood in the country.
All stakeholders should begin immediate public education on the need to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuses and wastes, he said, urging all stakeholders to begin immediate maintenance of hydrological structures in the country, saying this would significantly reduce disaster risk. Enditem

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