The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has placed the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and 15 states on red alert, asking residents of the areas to expect more flooding during the rainy season.
The Director- General of the agency, Engr. Clement Nze, made this known to reporters during a press briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.
Nze said the warning was directed to Niger, Lagos, Edo, Imo, Abia, Jigawa, Adamawa, Delta, Rivers, Cross Rivers, Oyo, Enugu, Kebbi, Nasarawa and Bauchi
He said there was high probability that the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT, would witness different levels of flooding this year.
“River flooding, as well as coastal flooding, is expected to come into place as the nation approaches the peak of raining season,” he warned, adding that the agency had sustained the Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) to avoid the catastrophe experienced in 2012.
He said this was because flood from the upper reaches of the Niger Basin comprising Guinea, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivorie, Benin, Chad and Cameroon would be arriving Nigeria in about a month’s time.
Nze noted that the agency has been closely monitoring the many flooding incidents taking place across the country as it has led to the the loss of lives and properties.
“Therefore, states and local governments should endeavour to remove structures built within the floodplains, clear blocked drainage, culverts and other waterways,” he said.