In an important weather update, the Federal Government of Nigeria has issued a flood alert due to impending heavy rainfall expected to affect 14 states and 31 communities across the country from July 4 to July 8. The forthcoming rain forecast, with a likelihood of instigating widespread flooding, has necessitated swift and robust precautionary measures to avoid potential loss of life and property.
Ibrahim Farinloye, the Lagos Territorial Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), announced this crucial warning through a public statement. His message stressed the importance of community engagement, especially from local stakeholders, to ensure the safety of residents in these areas by taking necessary preemptive steps.
States that are expected to be heavily impacted include Plateau, specifically in Langtang and Shendam; Kano, in Sumaila and Tudun Wada; Sokoto, including Shagari, Goronyo, and Silame; and Delta, particularly in Okwe. Furthermore, Kaduna (Kachia), Akwa Ibom (Upenekang), and Adamawa (Mubi, Demsa, Song, Mayo-Belwa, Jimeta, and Yola) are also on the list of potential risk zones.
Other regions under this flood alert are Katsina (including Katsina, Jibia, Kaita, and Bindawa); Kebbi (Wara, Yelwa, and Gwandu); Zamfara (Shinkafi and Gummi); Borno (Briyel); Jigawa (Gwaram); Kwara (Jebba); and Niger (Mashegu and Kontagora).
The issuance of this warning was facilitated by the Federal Ministry of Environment’s Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) based in Abuja. Farinloye expressed his appreciation for the critical information provided by this center, highlighting its role in disaster management and preparedness.
In previous warnings, NEMA cautioned about the potential for extensive flooding throughout Nigeria. They urged that early and adequate actions are necessary to diminish the impact on the country’s infrastructure, economy, and most importantly, its people.
In addition, the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) released a statement forecasting that 178 Local Government Areas (LGAs) across 32 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are at risk of severe flooding this year. The agency underscored the importance of effective disaster management planning to counter this annual environmental threat.
In conclusion, with the upcoming heavy rainfall and the associated flood alert, all the relevant stakeholders and communities in the indicated states are urged to be vigilant and take proactive measures. It is a crucial time to prioritize safety, prepare appropriately, and work collaboratively to reduce the potential impact of this environmental challenge.