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Flood: Hydrological Agency issues early warning signal

Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, has issued flood forecasting and early warning signal to 353 local government areas in thirty States of the country and Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

The warning was issued at the Annual Flood Outlook Prediction by the Agency in Abuja.

The Agency noted that early warning alert to people living along river areas or flood flash point could avert flood disaster.

The Director General of Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency Engineer Clement Onyeaso Nze raised concern over the non adherence to flood prediction warnings issued earlier this year by the agency.

Engineer Nze explained that the signs are already manifesting as evident in the local and urban flooding incidents being witnessed in some major cities including Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Nigeria.

He added that more rivers and coastal areas are predicted to flood at the peak of the rainy season, and called on Local and States Government to endeavour to remove structures constructed within the flood plains as well as clear blocked drainages, culverts and water ways.

He further said the agency was established via Establishment Act. 100, Vol. 97 of 31st August, 2010 with the mandate to provide information and services required for efficient and sustainable management of the nation’s vast surface and groundwater resources including security of life, property and water-related hazards such as floods and drought.

Source: Voice of Nigeria