The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) has warned of the probability of heavy floods in 12 local government areas of Kebbi State, North-west Nigeria as the rainy season begins in full.
The Director-General of NIHSA, Mr. Clement Nze, gave the warning at a sensitisation workshop on the 2019 flood prediction and prevention in Birnin Kebbi, the state’s capital.
Nze predicted that probable flood area coverage in 2019 was expected to be lower than that of 2018.
According to him, river flooding is expected in Niger, Kebbi, Benue, and many other places around the country due to rise in sea level and tidal surge.
The director-general said that the agency had embarked on aggressive campaign to sensitise residents in the states on the need to stop dumping refuse in drainage and building along water channels.
Mr. Aminu, the Permanent Sectary in the state’s Ministry of Water Resources, said the sensitisation campaign was aimed at safeguarding the residents and farmers in the state.
He urged the agency to develop modern technology and provide advance alert that would mitigate disaster across the country
The Chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency (KSEMA), Mr. Sani Dododo commended the agency for organising the workshop in the state, stressing that it would sensitise farmers and residents to danger of flood in the state.
Dododo said KSEMA is ready to assist flood victims with relief material across 21 local government areas in the state.