States To Experience Massive Floods As Nigeria Rivers Overflow
The Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), Clement Nze, has warned that flooding could get worse in most states of the country because of massive water inflows into River Niger & Benue.
The hydrological agency gave the warning while speaking to journalist in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the NIHSA boss, the environmental predictions followed the alarming rate of rainfall the country has been experiencing. He however called on state governments to prepare for more flooding which will begin from September by putting needed measures in place.
“The localised urban flooding incidents being witnessed in some cities and communities in the country are expected to continue,” he said.
“The flooding incidents are due to high rainfall intensity of long duration, rainstorms, blockage of drainage system and poor urban planning resulting in erection of structures within the floodplains and waterways.
“River flooding, as well as coastal flooding, is expected to come into place as the nation approaches the peak of raining season.
“Therefore, states and local governments should endeavour to remove structures built within the floodplains, clear blocked drainage, culverts and other waterways,’’ he added.
Cases of flooding have been reported in several states across the country, including the federal capital territory.
Late last week, a heavy flood swept away the Director of Finance, Federal Capital Territory High Court, Mr. Tony Okecheme, at Galadimawa roundabout, Abuja.
On Monday, a heavy downpour led to the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at the Gubi Campus of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi state. Four students were reported dead.