Ogun Govt. Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods

ogun-rainThe Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

Osun Flood: Residents Count Losses Following Heavy Rain

Flood, Osun StateTwenty-four hours after the heavy rains in Osogbo the Osun state capital, the rains are yet to subside.

No help has come from the emergency agencies or the state authorities.

Channels Television’s correspondent who returned to the scene of the incident, said properties have been destroyed and the flooding has left one person dead.

A woman and her daughter were trapped in a store just as many of the residents around one of the communities were stranded after a bridge collapsed.

The Muslim festival was going well with residents already looking forward to resuming back to their businesses when the holiday suddenly turned sour.

Some residents in areas like Testing Ground, Rasco, Oke-Onitea, Fiwasaye, Gbomi and Iludun in Osogbo have been counting their losses as the rain came down heavily for three hours, causing flood in many parts of the city.

According to a report by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Osun state was identified as one of the flood-prone areas and the residents believe that the government should have been proactive to avert this occurrence.

While the residents count their losses, no official statement had been made by the Osun state government at the time of the report.

The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has predicted flash flood in Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Sokoto, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Makurdi and Yola.

Speaking at the unveiling of the 2016 annual flood outlook, the Director General of the agency, Dr Moses Beckley has urged state governments to put in place artificial reservoirs to check the flow of the flood.

NEMA Sensitizes Ogun Residents On Flood Prevention

NEMAThe South West Coordinator of the National Emergency Agency (NEMA), Mr Yakubu Sulaimon, on Thursday asked for an attitudinal change among residents of Ogun State to reduce the impact of the flash floods expected to affect about 22 communities in 8 local government areas of the state.

He made the appeal while leading an advocacy visit to communities where he sensitized them on the need for environmental hygiene as an antidote to the perennial flooding being experienced by some communities in the state

It will be recalled that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) had predicted that flash floods would be experienced in some 16 states of the federation, including Ogun State.

Meanwhile the Director of the Ogun State Emergency Agency (OSEMA), Mr Adebakin Aremu, said the state would enforce environmental law to ensure sanity in the environment.

Flood Destroys 5,300 Houses In Kano

Flood in NigeriaThe Kano State Relief And Emergency Agency (SARERA), has 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.

He added that officials of the agency have undertaken an assessment visit to all the affected areas, so as to determine the extent of damage caused by the flood.

He further noted that the Kano State Government would come to the aid of the victims as an interim measure, as soon as the agency concludes and submits its report.

This is coming barely 24 hours after the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) issued a flood alert in certain areas.

The North-West zone of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also issued a warning that about eight local government areas in Kaduna State are likely to be affected by flood.

The Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Musa Ilalah, gave the warning on Tuesday during an interview with Channels Television.

He explained that the agency had alerted communities living very close to river banks to leave the areas before the floods come.

Flood: NEMA Urges Imo Residents To Be Vigilant

nemaFollowing the recent prediction by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) on possible flooding later this year, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Imo State operations office, has warned Imo residents living in flood prone areas to be conscious of their environment and report any overflow of their river to appropriate authorities.

The Imo State Coordinator NEMA, Dr Innocent Ezeaku, gave this warning in Owerri the Imo State capital while addressing journalists at the headquarters of the agency.

He noted that Imo State was one of the most affected states of the 2012 flood and due to this measures are being put in place to ensure that in case of any such occurrence, there are measures put in place to ameliorate the effect.

He urged residents of Oguta and Ohaji Egbema Local Government Areas of the state to be more vigilant due to the presence of the Oguta lake, a tributary of the River Niger.

He, however, noted that agency has begun construction of IDP centers that will house displaced persons in case of any occurrence.

Mr Ezeaku also said due to the incessant rainfall, the state government must keep up with their monthly sanitation exercise to ensure drainages are not blocked.

NIMET Predicts Low Rainfall In 2015

NIMETThe Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), has predicted a late onset of rainfall for 2015.

This will lead to low rainfall, below normal rainfall and shorter length of the rainy season.

Presenting the seasonal rainfall prediction for 2015 in Abuja, the Director-General of the NIMET, Dr. Anthony Anuforom, said that there would be early cessation of the growing season, reduced amount of rainfall and warmer than normal conditions.

Dr Anuforom also announced the introduction of the NIMET Electronic Seasonal Rainfall Prediction which is a mobile application that enables Nigerians and rural farmers to access basic seasonal rainfall prediction information.

NCAA Blames Bad Weather For Flight Cancellations

hamathanThe Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has blamed bad weather conditions for the rescheduling/cancellation of flights in Nigeria and urged passengers to bear with airline operators for the action.

“The spate of flight cancellations and delays being experienced by passengers at the nations’ airports are attributable to adverse weather conditions.

“The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) therefore wishes to advise all passengers to show understanding and exercise caution when airlines are rescheduling and canceling flights”, the NCAA said in a statement.

The NCAA also assured Nigerians that “airline Operators are strictly adhering to the regulatory guidelines enshrined by the Authority to conduct airline operations in Nigeria in the interest of safety”, adding

that The Authority is therefore reiterating its earlier advice to airline Pilots to exercise maximum restraint when there is adverse weather forecast..

It will be recalled that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) issued a weather alert to sensitise all Pilots on the hazards associated with Harmattan dust haze in flight operations at this time of the year.

The alert also served as a warning to aircraft captains to be aware of the obvious threat harmattan dust haze pose to aircraft particularly in the areas of low visibility.

Harmattan which is prevalent at the cessation of rainy season leads to heavy fog hence air – to – ground visibility is considerably reduced. As a result, this makes airline operations unsafe and dangerous if not adequately put into consideration.

All Pilots are therefore expected to obtain adequate departure, en route and destination weather information and briefing from Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET).

NEMA Trains Students On Disaster Management In Imo

As part of measures to ensure adequate mitigation and risk reduction during disaster, the National Emmergency Management Agency (NEMA), South east zone in collaboration with the Imo state Emergency Management Agency have organized a one day workshop for students in secondary schools to help them gain knowledge on emergencies, risk reduction and mitigation.

The workshop,with the theme “Role of children in emergencies, risk reduction and mitigation in secondary schools in Imo state”, was held at Government Secondary school in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

The South East Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Bandele Onimode said the workshop is aimed at ensuring that adequate measures and sensitization are put in place to ensure that there is reduction in disaster this year especially after receiving another Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) prediction on the subsequent heavy rainfall that might likely occur.

Mr. Onimode added that it is also an avenue to instill in the students how to manage emergencies, risk reduction and mitigation in their immediate environment.

He reiterated that the workshop is aimed at instilling in students who are mainly disaster risk club members what early response, early mitigation and risk identification would do to help mitigate the effect of disaster if it occurs in their immediate environment.

He added that it is the mandate of the NEMA to go to nooks and crannies of the country to sensitize and educate people on early risk reduction and disaster management.

Students who were participants at the workshop expressed delight over what they have learnt during the workshop, saying it is an eye opener for them in terms of early risk reduction and mitigation of disaster.

This is the second time in three months NEMA is organising such workshop in Imo state.

Osun To Assist Rainstorm Victims

The General Manager, Osun state Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) , Oyetunde Oyesiji has assured victims whose properties were affected by the rainstorm of the government’s readiness to help cushion the effect. 

Speaking to Channels Television in Osogbo, the state capital, Mr. Oyesiji said the effect of the storm is not entirely surprising going by the prediction of Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) as regards the heavy rainfall to be expected this year.

He appealed to the people to cooperate with the Urban Renewal Structure of the state by upgrading all old structures.

He also disclosed that the state government in preparation for the rains has drudged about 120KM’s of rivers and gutters that may cause flooding in and across the state.

The SEMA boss also assured that having done an assessment of the damage caused by the rain, the state government will in line with its people friendly policies help to cushion the effect on the affected residents.

NAMA, NIMET Partner To Ensure Air Safety In Nigeria

The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) and the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) have reached an agreement on how to ensure absolute safety in the Nigerian airspace and prevent loss of lives from air mishaps in the country.

Top officials of both agencies who gave updates of recent air safety measures in the country said equipment and expertise are being acquired to ensure Nigeria regains and maintains impeccable global standards in safety and security.

The two organisations introduced an instrument calibration laboratory where all air safety equipment from airports will henceforth be tested to ensure accuracy and precision in their readings.

Both agencies, responsible for weather predictions and airspace management said there is every reason to come together for absolute safety and security in the country’s airspace.

Over a million Nigerians will die if Nyos Dam should collapse-NEMA

Over a million Nigerians are likely to die if the Nyos Dam in Cameroon should collapse the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned.

The agency made this known at the presentation of a manual to prevent such an occurrence. The manual, which was endorsed on Thursday at a ceremony in Abuja by stakeholders, aims to put measures in place to mitigate flood waters from the lake from affecting the people of Benue State.

The agency said the manual, titled Lake Nyos Disaster Response Manual, was produced to “proactively prepare for the disaster that may arise from the possible collapse’’ of the Lake Nyos Dam in Western Cameroon.

Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammed Sidi, said Lake Nyos was close to Nigeria and that a 2005 UNDP report had predicted that the dam was at “a point of potential collapse’’.

Sidi, who was represented by NEMA’s Director of Administration, Dr. Zanna Muhammad, said the report predicted that the collapse might be caused by gradual erosion from rain, wind and lake waters, or as a result of violent volcanic eruption.

The representative of the DG explained that the report mentioned the possibility of the breakdown of the dam within 10 years, adding that the eventual failure of the dam would result in the discharge of about 55 million cu. metres of water which would result in flooding downstream.

“It is estimated that between Cameroon border and River Benue, 50 settlements, including Katsina-Ala, Kashimbilla, Waya, Manga, Gamovo, Andie, Terwegh and over 15,000 hectares of land will be flooded.

“Also, over one million people and 20,000 heads of cattle and other livestock will be affected and could perish,” he said.

He also said that financial losses had been estimated to be in billions of naira, comprising of crops, residential and commercial structures, utilities and infrastructure, including roads and bridges and other services.

KILLER WIND

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has warned Nigerians to take precautions against violent winds that may occur during the dry season, due to the effects of climate change.

The Director-General of NIMET, Dr Anthony Anuforom, gave the warning in Abuja on Thursday.

He said, “We are transiting now from rainy to dry season; the kinds of things we may experience are violent winds. Therefore, we advise people to avoid staying under trees.

“The reason why we alert people is for them to know ahead of time and take necessary precautions.

“We have no ability to protect natural disasters but the ability to observe what the weather is and inform the people early.”

Anuforom further noted that if forecasts by the agency were strictly adhered to it could help save the situation, adding that any emergency situation could only surprise people unexpectedly if there were no early warnings.

“If adequate disaster risk measures are taken, the number of deaths will decrease because people would have known what to expect,’’ Anuforom said.