Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency predicts more intense flooding this year


Ahead of the raining season, the Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) has predicted more intense flooding.

Director General of the agency, Clement Nze, who made the disclosure when he briefed newsmen on the 2020 flooding season in Abuja, , admonished Nigerians to make adequate preparation to avoid loss of lives and property.

Last year, flash floods hit at least 124 local government areas across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory Abuja (FCT) and affected 210,117 people with 171 casualties and 130,610 people reportedly displaced.

He called on all state governments, stakeholders, multi-national companies and the general public to construct drainage to prevent flooding across the country.

He said flooding incidents had led to loss of lives, property, disruption of economic activities and loss of several hectares of agricultural lands across the country.

According to him, this is the appropriate time to build dredges, river channels, clear blocked gutters and drainage. Nze said Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), on its Seasonal Rainfall Prediction made available recently recorded that South-south areas would start experiencing rainfall on February 24.