Nigerian Government Warns of High Flood Risk in 31 States for 2024

Nigeria warns 148 local govt areas in 31 states face high flood risk in 2024, urges proactive measures to mitigate impact and prevent loss of lives and property.

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Nigerian Government Warns of High Flood Risk in 31 States for 2024

Nigerian Government Warns of High Flood Risk in 31 States for 2024

The Nigerian government has issued a warning that 148 local government areas across 31 states are at high risk of severe flooding from April to November 2024. The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, made the announcement during the unveiling of the 2024 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) in Abuja.

According to the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA), which leads the yearly flood predictions, the states at risk include Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, and Yobe. The AFO report also indicates that 249 local government areas in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory are at moderate flood risk.

Prof. Utsev emphasized the need for proactive measures to mitigate the potential impacts of flooding on the population, agriculture, livelihoods, livestock, infrastructure, and the environment. He urged state governors to take immediate action to prepare for and minimize the negative effects of floods in their states.

Why this matters: The severe flooding in Nigeria in 2022 caused an estimated $6.68 billion in economic damage, according to the World Bank. With the government's warning of high flood risk in 2024, it is imperative for states to take proactive measures to mitigate the potential impacts and prevent loss of lives and property.

The theme of this year's AFO, 'Promoting the Use of Data Analytics and Modeling for Flood Risk Assessments and Food Security,' aligns with the Presidential Agenda on Food Security. The collaboration between NIHSA and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) is indispensable in improving the nation's disaster preparedness through early warning systems and leveraging data, analytics, and modeling in flood risk assessment and management.

In response to the devastating floods of 2022, President Bola Tinubu has initiated the National Economic Council Ad-hoc Committee on Flood Mitigation, Adaptation, Preparedness, and Response to develop a comprehensive roadmap for enhancing Nigeria's flood management capabilities. The government is urging community cooperation to prevent perennial flooding in the identified high-risk areas.

Key Takeaways

  • 148 LGAs across 31 states at high flood risk from April to November 2024
  • 249 LGAs in 36 states and FCT at moderate flood risk
  • Govt urges proactive measures to mitigate impacts, prevent loss of lives and property
  • Collaboration between NIHSA and NIMET to improve disaster preparedness through early warning
  • Govt forms committee to develop roadmap for enhancing Nigeria's flood management capabilities