NHSA Says Nigeria Will Experience River Flooding In 14 States This Year

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July 26, 2016 – NHSA Says Nigeria Will Experience River Flooding In 14 States This Year

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has announced that there will be flooding in 14 states and urged residents living in flood-prone areas to relocate.

According to the agency, most cities would experience heavy floods due to the rise in sea levels and tidal surge.

This was disclosed by the Director-General of the agency, Mr. Moses Beckley, during the public presentation of the 2016 Annual Flood Outlook in Abuja.
He warned that this year’s flooding would be higher than the one experienced in 2015

Some of the states, according to the DG, that would have areas that are likely to be submerged include Ogun, Lagos, Rivers, Calabar, Benue, Sokoto, Anambra, Imo, Cross River, Yobe, Osun, Kaduna, Oyo and Yola.

According to Beckley, “The expected inflows in the country for this year will be lower than that of 2012.

“Meanwhile, the predicted probable flood area coverage in 2016 is expected to be higher than the predicted probable flood as well as the observed value of 2015.

“The expected areas of river flooding this year are located in the following river basins, Niger, Benue, Sokoto-Rima, Anambra-Imo, Cross River, Niger Delta, Komadougu-Yobe, Ogun-Osun and several other sub-basins of the country.

“Some coastal areas such as Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Calabar, etc, are expected to experience flooding due to rise in sea level and tidal surge, while flash and urban flooding are likely to occur in Sokoto, Ibadan, Kaduna, Yola, Maiduguri, Makurdi, Hadejia and settlements/cities along the Nigeria coastal line.

“It is expected that those living along those places should keep safe distances and those in the areas where you have dams constructed should also be careful erecting structures close to where the dams are”, the NIHSA boss warned.


7 thoughts on “NHSA Says Nigeria Will Experience River Flooding In 14 States This Year

  1. So there is Calabar State and Yola State? Thanks for the warning but where do you suggest the residents of the fourteen(14) Flood-prone Stlates relocate to and where are the funds or accommodation for use in relocation?

  2. For Cross Rivers State, there is no need to include it in the list because it happens every year; it is a constant. The settlers of the affected area already know themselves. A particular section of the road that links Calabar to Uyo suffers this flooding every given year. A great flood from nowhere just comes and covers the highway.

    When travellers from Uyo, for instance, get to this point, the driver discharges them there. Same thing happens to travellers from Calabar. Villagers then use canoe to paddle the travellers over to the other side to board another vehicle and continue their journey, and a first timer would never believe that this is a road that vehicles pass everyday.

    Countless vehicles break down there when their drivers dare to cross the water. Some people say it’s a spirit responsible for the flooding. But I believe it has a perfectly natural explanation. And building a bridge at that particular section of the road would solve that problem for ever.

  3. this is mere prediction,it will not happen,even if it happen,it will not b as they said it,it wont happen to all the states they mentioed bcus their not God.i wish dat the flood will go and pay our corrupt leaders visit in aso rock villa,so dat they too will understand what poor masses go through when their house is flooded.

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