Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, NIHSA, on Wednesday, June 24, warned that 10 States in Nigeria will likely be submerged by flood during the 2015 rainy season.
Director General of NIHSA, Moses Beckley, who disclosed this in Abuja during the presentation of 2015 Annual Flood Outlook, stated that the expected areas for river flooding are located in Sokoto-Rima, Niger, Benue and Anambra States.
Beckley said coastal flooding resulting from sea level rise and tidal surges are likely to occur in States like Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Lagos as well as flash flood which would likely occur in some urban areas such as Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Sokoto, Birnin Kebbi and Ibadan.
He also explained that some parts of Nigeria are precariously placed in terms of flood vulnerability because the factors generating the flood are from areas outside the territorial boundaries of Nigeria, as the control of such floods becomes difficult without regional agreements and cooperation.
To this end, he called on Nigerians especially those living in flood prone areas to prepare for the mitigation of any flood, in order to reduce the risks and losses often associated with flooding.