The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned that there is a high probability 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.
Flood is an overflow of water that submerges land that is usually dry. In the sense of “flowing water”, the word may also be applied to the inflow of the tide. Floods are an area of study of the discipline hydrology and are of significant concern in agriculture, civil engineering and public health.
The Director-General of the agency, Clement Nze, disclosed this on Tuesday 30th April 2019 in Abuja during the overview of the 2019 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO), with the theme: ‘The Role of Efficient Hydrological Services in National Development’.
The director-general also said that all the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory are expected to experience different levels of flooding.
However, highly probable states to experience flooding include Osun, Lagos, Benue, Oyo, Cross River, Sokoto, Plateau, Abia, Edo among others.
Suleiman Adamu, the Minister of Water Resources, said this year’s flood outlook was the seventh in the series by NIHSA and the fourth under his stewardship.