Posted on Thu 8 Aug 2019, 12:41 PM

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Nigerians have been issued an alert warning of increased flooding by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA.

This was stated during a press briefing in Abuja by Clement Eze, the Director-General of NIHSA.

“The localised urban flooding incidents being witnessed in some cities and communities in the country are expected to continue 

“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 said.

The agency had earlier reported that a total of 74 Local Government Areas across the country will witness high flood risk when the rainy season begins in full this year with all the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory experiencing different levels of flooding.

Recently in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, a pedestrian bridge collapsed killing four students and many others injured. 

Also, a director at the FCT high court Abuja also disappeared after his car was submerged by flood at the bridge along Galadimawa roundabout.

According to Nigeria Meterological Agency, Nigeria’s climate has witnessed significant spatial and temporal changes with extreme weather and climate conditions with ocean surges and floods becoming more regular.

 

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