Nigeria To Witness More Flooding Next Month – NIHSA

File photo of flood in Kabayi community in Aso Pada district of Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.


Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has issued a fresh alert warning Nigerians of imminent increased flooding, next month.

Director-General NIHSA, Clement Nze, issued the warning on Wednesday during a press briefing in Abuja.

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The agency also accused state governments of failing to heed its previous warnings on floods released earlier this year.

They, however, urged state governments to pull down structures built on flood plains.

NIHSA is the agency responsible for issuing flood alerts in Nigeria.

The alert issued by NIHSA comes a day after the management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) issued a notice for students to vacate the campus after a flood disaster killed four students on campus.

A pedestrian bridge which collapsed on Monday midnight killed four of the students of the institution and left many others injured.

We Are Prepared For Heavy Rains – Oyo Govt.

We Are Prepared For Heavy Rains – Oyo Govt.The Oyo State Government has assured residents and citizens of the state that necessary machinery has been put in place to ensure that there is no flooding in the state this rainy season.

The government also assured the people of its commitment to preventing natural disasters in the state in South-west Nigeria.

Oyo State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola, stated this while receiving members of the National Environment Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in his office.

Mr Ishola, who said the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NHSA) has listed the state among others that will experience heavy downpour in 2017, promised that government will continue to ensure a clean and safe environment.

“The State Government has embarked on sensitisation programmes, and dredging of rivers and streams have started in preparation for the heavy rains. Our administration is responsive and we attach seriousness to the business of governance.

“We also have respect for the sanctity of human lives and this is why we have put necessary machinery in motion to prepare for the heavy rains,” he explained.

The Commissioner noted that the efforts of NESREA in the environmental sustainability cannot be overemphasised, adding that the present administration in the state is working earnestly to ensure a sustainable and clean environment attractive to the investors.

He stated that two Mobile Environmental Tribunal Courts, already approved by the government, sit on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, as well as the State Waste Management Authority to prosecute sanitation offenders.

Ishola, however, said prosecuting offenders is not to place hardship nor to increase revenue, but to ensure compliance with the State Environmental Sanitation and Waste Management Regulations.

In his remarks, the Oyo State Coordinator of NESREA, Mr Obagiri Durotimi, said his visit to the Ministry was to introduce himself officially and to synergise with the Ministry to ensure environmental sustainability.

He noted that environmental issue is a collective responsibility for every individual.

Oyo Govt. NEMA Begin Flood Prevention Campaign

Flood, Oyo, NEMAThe Oyo State government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are creating awareness on flood prevention and control, as flood alerts become more intense.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola, gave reporters a hint about the collaboration in Ibadan, the capital of the state in Nigeria’s southwest region.

He said that the ministry had begun sensitisation campaign on the proactive measures to mitigate the effect of likely flood.

Mr Ishola also noted that the government would deal with anyone caught dumping refuse on the waterways.

NEMA Southwest Coordinator, Mr Akande Iyiola, also stated that officials of the agency have started addressing the people on the need to improve on hygiene and desist from blocking waterways with refuse.

He also appealed to those living near the waterways to evacuate such places.

The synergy between the government and NEMA is coming on the heels of warning signals contained in flood alerts issued by meteorologists at the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, to prepare Nigerians in the listed states on steps to take to avoid or at least reduce loss of lives and property in such areas.

In some of the flood endemic areas within Ibadan visited by Channels Television crew, construction works on bridges and culverts are in top gear, as part of efforts to find lasting solutions to flooding disasters.

Construction work has begun in four of the 14 flood prone sites identified by the World Bank while awareness campaign has been intensified across the state to prevent reoccurrence of the August 2011 flood disaster in the state.

Flood Alerts: NEMA Confident Government Is Prepared To Avert Crisis

flood, adamawaThe National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria believes the Federal and State governments are better prepared to avert a humanitarian crisis after recent flood alerts.

The Director General of NEMA, Sani Sidi, expressed hopes of government’s readiness during an emergency humanitarian coordination forum held on Tuesday.

At the forum were different agencies of government and some international agencies and talks focused on contingency plans in response to the flood alert.

Mr Sidi said the early warning provided must be matched with early action.

Some of the devastation left behind by the flood disaster that occurred in 2012 were considered and in a bid to avert recurrence, the forum participants worked on an action plan.

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency had issued a flood alert few days ago.

Charting a course for discussions at the meeting, the Director General of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, Moses Beckley, read out figures his agency had in relation to the flood of 2012.

A presentation was also made on the flood alert, the contingency plan that has been put in place and the role of the different agencies involved.

The Director General of NEMA said a lot of work was being done with the state governments to avert humanitarian crisis.

A few things that have been made clear at the meeting was that time was short, local action was very important and that just cleaning drainages would go a long way to ensure that the coming flood would not lead to humanitarian crisis.

Days after the alerts were issued, the Kano State Relief And Emergency Agency (SARERA), confirmed that at least 5,300 houses have been destroyed by flood in six local government areas of Kano State.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Mr Aliyu Bashir, the affected local government areas include, Bebeji, Dawakin Kudu, Kiru Shanono, Bagwai and Garun Mallam.

Mr Bashir said over 2,300 houses were affected in Dawakin Kudu, while about 600 houses in each of the remaining five areas were also destroyed by the flood.

Flood Alert Issued For Communities By Nigeria’s Rivers

FloodThe Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has issued a flood alert for communities on the shores of River Niger and River Benue.

A statement by the Director General of the Agency, Doctor Moses Beckley, said some communities in‎ Niger, Anambra, Taraba, Nasarawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kogi and Benue States would experience flood due to the latest release of water from the Lagdo Dam and Kainji Dam.

The agency advised the affected communities to relocate to avoid a reoccurrence of the 2012 incident, where lives and property were destroyed by flood.

Barely one week ago, at least four Local Government Areas in Kebbi State were hit by flood after a heavy rainfall.

Sources close to the state government said the Local Government Areas were Argungun, Augie, Suru and Kamba Local Governments.

Flood Disaster: NIMET Assures Nigerians Of Safety

NIMETThe Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), has assured Nigerians that there is no cause for alarm as it steps up surveillance to forestall flood disasters.

The Director-General of NIMET, Dr Anthony Anuforom, said that an alert by the National Security Adviser prompted the speedy establishment of a team of experts from NIMET, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency and the National Emergency Management Agency to scale up operations.

The NIMET Chief noted that although there are warnings of possible flood this year, especially in some northwestern states, the country is more prepared than before to tackle any flood disaster to prevent loss of lives and property.

Agency Warns Of Flooding In Yobe, Sokoto And Parts Of Niger Delta

nigeria_flood_victimsNigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, has presented the 2014 flood outlook for the country.

The Minister made the presentation during the annual flood outlook organised by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

It was the second time the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency was issuing a flood outlook for the country, since it was established.

The Federal Government had established this agency in 2013, after twenty-seven states across the federation experienced severe flooding that killed over four hundred people and displaced about two million people in 2012.

The mandate of the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency was therefore to provide advance flood warnings, in other to prevent such disaster.

The agency, on Monday, announced that Sokoto, Yobe, Benue and parts of the Niger Delta basin were high flood risk areas for 2014.

Presenting the 2014 flooding forecast, the Minister urged Nigerians to take the forecast seriously and also called for inter-agency collaboration in other to be effective in preventing, controlling, and responding to cases of flood across the country.

While some officials at this event, like the MD, Lower Benue River Basin Development Agency, Roseline Chenge, suggested the evacuation of citizens from risk prone areas, Guest Lecturer at the event, Adebayo Adeloye, advised that putting necessary infrastructure in place was key.

Agency Warns Of Flooding In Yobe, Sokoto And Parts Of Niger Delta

nema_floodingNigeria’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.