Flood in Nigeria

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has warned Nigerians to expect more flooding in the coming days, following information obtained from the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA).
The General Manager of NiMet, Prof.  Mansur Bako Matazu, raised the alarm in Abuja during a seminar on the hydrometeorological state and the system of perspectives (HydroSOS).`
This comes when the death toll of the flood that has hit several states in the country reaches 500.
Citing the part of the country that would be most affected, along with the opening of dams by neighboring countries, Matazu noted that there would be more floods.

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The DG warned: “From the information, we get from NIHSA, we will see more floods. The rain is now concentrated more in the north-central and southern states. So it will be a combination of short-term and very intense rains with floods.”

“So we are going to see more of these floods in the north-central states than in Kogi and the southeastern and southwestern states.
“Remember we released the forecast in February and did the monthly updates that we will have above average rainfall in most parts of the country. So in terms of rain-related flooding, we saw the peak but remember we told you that this rainwater is collected in the reservoirs and dams, and every time they fill up it pours out so the Lagbo dam was released on September 13. And also Kainji and Shiroro’s dam were released. So what we are seeing now is the flooding of the river.

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“And based on the information we’re getting from NIHSA, we’re going to see more flooding. And now the rain is concentrated in the north-central and southern states

So we will see more of these floods in the north-central states as we are seeing in Kogi and also in the southeastern and southwestern states as we are starting to see them in many parts of the southwest.
“In Africa, water-related risks such as floods, droughts, etc. have become a major cause of food insecurity, livelihood pressures, health risks, and conflicts in many parts of the continent.”
Matazu, noting that the flooding was mainly caused by the rains and not by the dams released, added that it was exacerbated by the people building on the floodplains and by rising water levels in the Niger and Benue rivers.


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