Flood Alert: FG Lists Kaduna, Jigawa, Delta, 16 Others As Vulnerable States


The Federal Government has warned that River flooding will begin by July ending, with 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) likely to be severely impacted.

Similarly, the government cautioned that continual flooding might also escalate the cholera presently ravaging some states across the country.

As of Wednesday, the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), said cholera outbreak has resulted in 63 deaths and 2,102 suspected cases.

Addressing journalists on the flood situation in the country, on Thursday, Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Professor Joseph Utsev, said what the country has been experiencing since May is flash/urban floods due to high rainfall intensities of long duration, poor and blocked drainage systems in the urban areas.

Professor Utsev said from the end of July, the country might start experiencing River flooding, which might be more devastating.

He listed states at high risk to include: Akwa Ibom; Anambra; Benue; Bayelsa; Cross River; Delta; Edo; Jigawa; Kogi; Kebbi; and Kaduna.

Others are Niger; Nasarawa; Ondo; Ogun; Rivers; Taraba; and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to him, being located at the lowest portion of River Niger Basin, Nigeria should be prepared to experience flooding incidents, once the upper catchment of the Basin gets flooded.

Reacting to concerns about the Lagdo dam in Cameroon, Professor Utsev said the operators had informed the country that they are currently filling the dam for hydropower generation, adding that the flow situation at Wuroboki is relatively normal now and there is no cause for alarm.

On measures being put in place by the Federal Government to mitigate the annual flooding from the release of water from the Lagdo dam, the Minister said arrangements were almost completed to build buffer dams along the water channel to camp water from the raging dam.

He said with the designs of those dams already completed, the government is almost at the implementation stage.

The Minister, who also addressed concerns over the cholera outbreak of Cholera in parts of the country, said increased flooding may worsen the ravaging outbreak, noting that a presidential committee has been set up to tackle the outbreak decisively.

He said the Committee would also look at the issue of open defecation, which remains another causal factor for cholera and other bacteria-related diseases

Professor Utsev charged the various States, local governments, other stakeholders and the general public to take steps aimed at preventing the flooding menace that has tormented the country in the last couple of years.

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