Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe has presented the 2014 flood outlook for the country, which warns of impending floods in Yobe, Benue, Sokoto States and parts of the Niger Delta.
The minister who urged citizens in these areas to take the forecast seriously, made the revelation during a presentation organised by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency in Abuja.
This is the second time the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency is issuing a flood outlook for the country, since it was established by the Federal Government in 2013.
The federal government had established the agency after 27 States across the federation experienced severe flooding, that killed over 400 and displaced about two million people, in 2012.
The Agency was therefore established to provide advance flood warnings, in order to prevent such disasters.
The minister also called for inter-agency collaboration in order to be effective in preventing, controlling, and responding to cases of flood across the country.