233 LGAs Face High Risk Of Flooding This Year - AFO 

A total of 233 local government Areas (LGAs) in 32 States of the Federation and FCT fall within the Highly Probable flood risk Areas this year, according to the general outlook of 2022 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO). There are 774 LGAs in Nigeria

233 LGAs Face High Risk Of Flooding This Year - AFO 

The AFO report said 212 Local Government Areas in five states and the FCT fall within the moderately probable flood risk areas. The remaining 392 Local Government Areas fall within the  probable flood risk Areas.

The highly Probable Flood risk states include Adamawa, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Delta and Ebonyi. Others are Ekiti, Edo, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara and FCT.

Other states like Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Lagos, Ogun and Ondo will experience coastal flooding due to tidal surge and rise in sea level. Flash and urban flooding will be experienced in parts of Lagos, Kaduna, Suleja, Gombe, Yola, Markurdi, Abuja, Lafia, Asaba, Port Harcourt, Yenagoa, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Benin City, and Birni kebbi. Others include Sokoto, Lokoja, Maiduguri, Kano, Oshogbo, Ado Ekiti, Abakaliki, Awka, Nsukka, Calabar and Owerri.

The Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu officially unveiled the 2022 Annual Flood Outlook (AFO) report published by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) in Abuja, on Thursday, 12th May 2022. He described the AFO as an imperative tool in flood risk management for minimizing the adverse effects of flood on lives, properties, critical infrastructure and social economic well being.

Nigeria regularly experiences flood disasters particularly during rainy season and communities that depend on the river ecosystem and its fertile flood paths for their sustenance and socio-economic well being as well as urban and semi urban areas with inadequate drainage systems are mostly affected by flood losses.

The minister said the AFO had aided the abatement of flood risks in the country through early warnings and forecastings, and applauded the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency for improving on its predictive capacity through the introduction of new approach to the 2022 AFO.

These are designed into three respective scenerios of flood outlook for the months of April to June (AMJ); flood outlook for September to July (JAS); and flood outlook for the months of October to November (ON) respectively.

Minister added that efforts were in top gear by the Ministry of Water Resources to put in place structural control measures such as dams, canals, storm drains and other facilities to divert flood waters from highly probable flood risk zones in the country.

He gave an  assurance of strong collaboration with the neighbouring countries with regards to water releases from dams within their catchments and better preraredness to avert any flood eventual incidents.

The Director General of Nigeria NIHSA, Engineer Clement Nze noted that people will be better informed  through the 2022 AFO document.