CEM REPORT, ENVIRONMENT | Lagos State has been identified the highly probable flood risk states in 2023.
This is as many farmlands is expected to be ravaged by flood due to heavy rainfall expected during the year.
To prevent a reoccurring of the experience of 2022 flooding the Ministry of Water Resources has sounded a note of warning to 178 local government areas (LGAs) across 32 states in the country.
While noting that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is at high risk of flooding compared to other areas that were surveyed, the ministry noted that measures were put in place to help the federal and state governments to be prepared to respond to potential flood events.
The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, sounded this warning when he presented the general highlights of the 2023 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), prepared by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency.
He explained that about 224 local government areas in 35 states of the federation, including the FCT, fall within the moderately probable flood risk areas. While remaining 402 local government areas fall within the probable flood risk areas.
Furthermore, the minister identified the highly probable flood risk states to include Adamawa, Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Ekiti, and Edo. Others include Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and the Federal Capital Territory.
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For probable flood risk areas between the months of April and November 2023, Adamu said that the level of floods in this category was expected to be high in terms of impact on the population, agriculture, livelihood, livestock, infrastructure and the environment.
“As we learn and recover from the catastrophic effects of the 2022 flood disasters, I have the strong view that the 2023 AFO will serve as a veritable tool for effective strategic planning to avert loss of lives and property through adequate, coordinated and effective flood early warning and sensitisation, awareness campaigns, improved flood mitigation strategies and preparedness for risk reduction by all stakeholders.”
He pointed out that the AFO would help the federal and state governments to be prepared to respond to potential flood events.