31 October 2020 By Georgina Humphrey
The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, says it is possible to avert perennial flooding in the Country.
Director General of the Agency, Clement Nze stated this in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
Mr. Nze said the Agency plans to partner some Non Governmental Organizations and State Governments to sensitize the populace on how to mitigate flooding.
“I am calling on States and Local Governments as well as multi-national companies and public-spirited individuals to join hands with the Agency to save the Country from the consequences of flooding.
He explained that though the raining season is almost over States like Anambra, Delta, Edo, Rivers and Baylsea would continue to experience rains till December.
“The earliest cessation date for rainfall in the Southern part of the Country is December 28th, while September 26th is the earliest cessation date for rainfall in the northern part of the Country”
’As a matter of fact, all the States of the federation have suffered several degrees of flooding since June 2020″ Nze stated.
He however regretted that despite the warning, urban and flash floods have continued to wreck havoc in many states6 including the FCT.
“As at date, not less than 172 LGAs in all States are counting their losses due to flood incidents”, Nze said.
He advised that blocked drainages and gutters be cleared, river channels dredged and structures within the waterways and floodplains and flood paths pulled down.
He therefore commended media organizations for their support towards the coverage of activities of the agency.