Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu in accordance with the 2021 Annual Flood outlook has warned Nigerians to prepare for higher levels of floods though it might not be as devastating as that of 2021.
The Minister while speaking at the 2021 AFO, themed: “Managing Flood for Sustainable Development in COVID-19 Era” held yesterday in Abuja stated that 302 Local Government Areas in 36 states including the FCT would fall within moderate flood risk areas while 121 LGAs in 28 states will be within the highly probable risk areas.
Adamu added that states contiguous to Rivers Niger and Benue are likely to experience river flooding and they include Kebbi, Niger, Kwara, Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, Nassarawa, Logo, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Rivers, and Bayelsa state while coastal flooding is expected to affect Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos and Ondo state.

“This year, we will be grappling with the two threats of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the impending floods as predicted in the AFO,” NAN quoted him as saying.

“The flood projections show varying severity across parts of the country.

“In summary, the 2021 AFO forecast indicates that 302 local government areas LGAs in 36 states including the FCT will fall within the moderate probable flood risk areas.

 

“Floods come with attendant health risks through the contamination of potable water sources. The 2021 flooding will be exacerbated by the continuing ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The minister noted that the 2012 flood which brought massive destruction of lives and property across the country necessitated the creation of a proper mechanism to prepare Nigerians to confront a reoccurrence.

 

According to him, the NIHSA forecasts have increased citizens’ awareness and led them to take measures to prevent severe flood damage.

He urged stakeholders, including policymakers and tiers of government, to take appropriate measures such as clearing of waterways and flood paths to contain it.

The Permanent Secretary, Didi Wilson-Jack in her remarks stated that the AFO prediction in previous years had been fairly accurate and the focus now should be on how to prevent and mitigate possible flood disasters.

Wilson-Jack further appreciated sister agencies and stakeholders who have always cooperated with the Ministry in sensitizing the populace on how to curtail flood disasters and to do more.

 


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