DEALING WITH THE RAGING FLOODS

A recent warning from the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) that floods from the upper reaches of the Niger Basin comprising eight African countries – Guinea, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Chad and Cameroon –will threaten several states in the country confirms that when it rains in Nigeria, it actually pours. Considering the predictability of these calamities, as they occur mainly during the rainy season, the unpreparedness that worsens their magnitude is both inexcusable and scandalous. Time has come for the nation to rise to the occasion and frontally confront this recurring shame and painAccording to the NIHSA Director-General, Mr Clement Nze, daily records from the agency’s hydrological measuring stations across the country show steady rise in water levels. Nze said this started manifesting early in no less than 15 states, namely Niger, Lagos, Edo, Imo, Abia, Jigawa, Adamawa, Delta, Rivers, Cross River, Oyo, Enugu, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory, adding that the localised urban flooding incidents being witnessed in some cities and communities were expected to continue due to high rainfall intensity, long duration, rainstorms, blockage of drainage system and poor urban planning.

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